Tuesday, November 6, 2007

ICE Raids In Hartford CT

The Hartford Courant reported:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is doing their job in the Parkville section of Hartford!
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson, Paula Grenier, said Friday that nine people were detained in Hartford, although she said the names, nationality and addresses of those arrested were not available. She said an ICE fugitive operation team arrested one person on an outstanding deportation order.

The others were apparently swept up in the raid, suspected of being illegal immigrants. Grenier declined to say how many warrants agents were trying to serve Friday.

"It was a routine operation by a fugitive operation team," she said.

Word of the raids spread rapidly in Parkville, which has seen an influx of Brazilians in recent years. Sources said the raids began at about 7 a.m. and ICE agents went to homes and businesses on Park, South Whitney and Carpenter streets.
All I can say is that I hope it continues.

One 19 year old born in the U.S. of Brazilian parents said, "I don't know why they don't let the people work, have a nice life," he said.

I think the comments made to the article are incredibly telling of the sentiment that is growing against illegal immigration. One excerpt of a commenter's reply on the feedback forum of the article said this:
Well Bruno, ask your parent why did they leave Brazil and come to America. They'll likely say it's because life and work is much better in America.

It's better because we're not corrupt. We have laws (from civil to property to intellectual) that are enforced. We have little corruption (people breaking the law).

So you see Bruno, what your parents are doing here is exactly why they left Brazil.
another said this:
Hiring and Harboring Illegal Aliens - Nationwide Boycott
Please participate in a nationwide boycott of:

* Businesses that should have ethnic diversity in their workforce and do not (exempt family-owned and operated restaurants, etc).

* Businesses that do not use the Federal E-Verify program to verify the validity of SSI numbers.

* Businesses who use shady business practices through subcontractors for the hiring of illegal alien employees. Such practices serve as a buffer from the legal consequences of breaking federal law and give the illusion to consumers that they are an honorable business (WalMart, Del Monte Fresh Foods, etc).

* Businesses who cater and fund illegal aliens of any ethnic origin (Bank of America, Ford Foundation, Wells Fargo and others).

* Sanctuary Cities/Cities who break federal immigration law and contribute to making the problem of illegal aliens worse for all Americans (San Francisco, New York, New Haven and others - list of sanctuary cities can be located at: http://www.ojjpac.org/sanctuary.asp ).

I call on all American patriots to use their powers of observation and the influential power of nationwide boycotts to businesses and cities that violate federal law or in some way contribute to making life for Americans more difficult due to their practice of hiring and funding of illegal aliens and the burdening costs to American taxpayers that they create. Cities that carry ordinances blocking police involvement, issue driver's licenses, ID cards, etc.

If you're not sure about a business, simply ask the manager/owner of businesses if they comply with using the E-Verify program that confirms their SSI# as valid. If not, you have your answer as to what to do next ... Tell them their workforce should reflect ethnic diversity and because it is lacking that you will be boycotting their business until ethnic diversity is clearly present. If their employees have no mastery of English, let them know that you do not appreciate lousy customer service from employees who cannot speak English. Let them know that you will be asking all of your friends and family to boycott their business until they use E-Verify and a visible difference is noted concerning ethnic diversity and English as the language of employees while conducting commerce. Hurt them where it truly counts, in the pocketbook and reward businesses across this country who follow immigration laws with your patronage and let them know you appreciate their patriotism.

Please be an informed consumer and look at product labels for where they are made. Since Mexico is THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR to our growing problem with illegal aliens (over 57%), boycott all products made in Mexico until their government stops handing out road maps on how to enter this country illegally, stops giving illegal aliens every encouragement possible to break our laws, stops encouraging the Reconquista movement to reclaim through occupation numerous States in our Republic. Mexico is a very wealthy country and their is no excuse for their citizens to be entering this country illegally. They have plenty of wealth to end the problems their nations faces and their refusal to do so is no longer acceptable. Hold Mexico accountable for exporting their poor and encouraging the occupation and political takeover of our great nation.
The comments go on and on. People are fed up with illegal immigration and the cost to U.S. taxpayers in education, social programs and crime.

The Courant reports that:
raids by ICE fugitive operations teams, started in 2003, have dramatically increased in the past year. The teams target immigrants with a standing deportation order, but also arrest other immigrants they believe are in the U.S. illegally.

By the end of September, the 75 fugitive operation teams in the U.S. had detained about 30,400 people in this fiscal year, almost double the number detained in all of fiscal 2006, according to ICE. There are about 595,000 fugitive immigrants in the country, ICE estimates.

Sweeps by ICE fugitive operation teams in New Haven in June led to demonstrations and are being aggressively challenged in federal immigration court in Hartford by a team of law professors and students from Yale's Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.

Jason McGahan, a member of Stop the Raids, a Trinity College-based group, said activists will help any of the people detained Friday who want it.

"It drives home that we have to mobilize in response to these attacks if we are going to protect the immigrant community. Otherwise they are sure to continue," he said.

Peter Gadiel, a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania-based 9/11 Families for a Secure America, said such raids simply enforce the law.

"They are one necessary aspect of enforcing our immigration law, in addition to such measures of depriving them of getting jobs," he said.

List of sanctuary cities.

Here's the toll free number to Report Illegal immigrants to ICE