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    INB 12/1/06: Raids in Kentucky, Atlanta, NYC & NJ Immigration News Briefs Vol. 9, No. 41 - December 1, 2006 1. More Kentucky Construction Raids 2. Atlanta
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2006
      INB 12/1/06: Raids in Kentucky, Atlanta, NYC & NJ
      Immigration News Briefs
      Vol. 9, No. 41 - December 1, 2006

      1. More Kentucky Construction Raids
      2. Atlanta Airport Raid
      3. More Raids in NYC, NJ

      Immigration News Briefs is a weekly supplement to Weekly News Update on the
      Americas, published by Nicaragua Solidarity Network. Contact nicajg@... for info.

      On Nov. 29, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents
      arrested 32 suspected undocumented workers--including one woman--
      in northern Kentucky. Thirteen of the workers were arrested at
      two parking lots near a construction site in Covington, Kentucky,
      just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. The other 19 were arrested in a
      parking lot at the Home Depot store in Florence, in Boone County,
      Kentucky, where they were waiting for transportation to the
      Covington construction site. ICE spokesperson Gail Montenegro
      said those arrested were taken to the Boone County jail. They
      were to appear in US District Court in Covington on Nov. 30.

      The immigrants had been contracted to do commercial drywall work
      for the Spectrum Interiors firm. Dugan and Meyers is the main
      contractor on the Covington construction site, where a $55
      million, 21-story condominium project--the "Ascent at Roebling's
      Bridge"--is being built. "Home Depot was a pickup location where
      they all got in a van and went to Covington," explained Tom
      Scheben of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

      Scheben said the ICE agents are "not trying to pick up one or two
      here or there. They're trying to get large numbers and they're
      trying to get the people who are employing them." The arrests
      followed a coordinated investigation by ICE, the Internal Revenue
      Service's Criminal Investigation Division, the Department of
      Labor, and the US Marshals Service. ICE was also assisted in the
      investigation by the Florence, Covington and Lexington police
      departments, the Boone County Sheriff's Office, the Kenton County
      Sheriff's Office and Boone County Jail. [WCPO.com 11/29/06;
      Cincinnati Enquirer 11/30/06; Cincinnati Post 11/30/06; ICE News
      Release 11/29/06]

      Between May 9 and June 2, ICE arrested at least 89 people in the
      same area of northern Kentucky in a raid targeting immigrants
      employed by subcontractors for the Fischer Homes construction
      firm [see INB 5/14/06, 5/21/06, 6/18/06]. Five Fischer Homes
      supervisors were indicted on federal charges in connection with
      the arrests, but on Nov. 15 US District Court Judge David Bunning
      dismissed the charges because a key witness, subcontractor Nelson
      Trejo, could not be found. Trejo had said he would cooperate with
      federal prosecutors in exchange for a lighter sentence. Two other
      subcontractors who made similar deals are still facing charges.
      Fischer Homes as a corporation was not implicated or charged in
      the case. [WCPO.com 11/29/06; Cincinnati Enquirer 11/16/06]

      On Nov. 29, ICE agents arrested six undocumented Mexican
      immigrants who worked installing drywall at the Hartsfield-
      Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. They worked
      for T.C. Drywall, Inc. of Alpharetta, according to ICE. The
      workers had security badges that gave them access to restricted
      areas of the airport, including the tarmac. None of the men was
      considered a security threat. They were arrested in Hartsfield's
      south terminal as they arrived for work in the morning. [Atlanta
      Journal-Constitution 11/29/06] The operation was conducted with
      the assistance of the Hartsfield Department of Aviation and the
      Atlanta Police Department and coordinated with the Department of
      Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration. [ICE
      News Release 11/29/06]

      In a seven- or eight-month investigation ending Nov. 30, ICE
      agents joined with officers of the New York City Department of
      Probation in arresting 81 immigrants with prior criminal records
      in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. The raids were part
      of "Operation Retract," an ongoing effort by ICE's New York
      office to arrest immigrants on probation for prior misdemeanor or
      felony convictions and place them in removal proceedings. Of the
      total number arrested, 45 were legal permanent residents and 36
      were out of status. All but nine of the arrested immigrants were
      from either Latin America (52) or the English-speaking Caribbean
      (20). They came from the Dominican Republic (28), Mexico (13),
      Jamaica (10), China (5), Trinidad (4), Colombia (4), Guyana (3),
      Ecuador (3), El Salvador (3), Korea (2), Antigua (1), Barbados
      (1), India (1), Grenada (1), Honduras (1) and the United Kingdom
      (1). ICE agents transported the immigrants to detention
      facilities where they will be held during removal proceedings.
      [ICE News Release 11/30/06]

      On Nov. 29, ICE arrested 45 immigrants in Brooklyn, Queens, the
      Bronx and Manhattan who according to ICE are "child predators and
      criminal alien sex offenders." The arrests were made under ICE's
      "Operation Predator" and were separate from those made under
      "Operation Retract," although the arrested immigrants were also
      on probation in New York City for prior misdemeanor or felony
      convictions. Those arrested were citizens of Bangladesh, Bosnia,
      Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana,
      Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico,
      Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Romania and Trinidad. [ICE News Release

      Another 137 people were arrested in New Jersey between Nov. 13
      and 18 in "Return to Sender" raids, which target people with
      prior removal orders. ICE said 54 of those arrested had been
      ordered removed by an immigration judge; the other 83 were simply
      without status. Only 17 of the 137 had criminal records. Those
      arrested came from 21 countries, including Poland, Mexico,
      Honduras, Guatemala, Pakistan, Egypt, India, Slovakia, Costa
      Rica, Albania, Macedonia and the United Kingdom. [Press of
      Atlantic City 11/21/06; ICE News Release 11/20/06]
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