Two women who had applied and been approved under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that gives them permits to be in the country legally report being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, arrests that landed them in jail, in one case for an entire month.
According to documents obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act, ICE agents have blundered badly in their dealings with informants and other sources, covering up crimes and even interfering in a police investigation into whether one informant killed another.
Today, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American Rights at Work (ARAW), and the National Employment Law Project (NELP) are releasing a report, “ICED Out: How Immigration Enforcement Has Interfered with Workers’ Rights,” which documents, according to the press advisory, “how the federal government’s approach to immigration enforcement in the recent past has severely undermined efforts to protect workers’ rights, to the detriment of immigrant and native-born workers alike.” The reports examines the Bush Administration’s workplace immigration enforcement actions between 2006 and 2008 and it describes, in devastating detail, the problems associated with prioritizing immigration enforcement over labor law enforcement.
By guest blogger Madhuri from the Restrore Fairness blog: “I am deeply disappointed that the Obama administration has failed to bring about immigration reform. Whereas I know he has the intention to do so, getting the job done is another story. Words from the farewell letter written by Dov Charney, American Apparel’s chief executive, to almost a quarter of his staff laid off because of a federal investigation that found irregularities in their documents.”
A clothing maker with a vast garment factory in downtown Los Angeles is firing about 1,800 immigrant employees in the coming days — more than a quarter of its work force — after a federal investigation turned up irregularities in the identity documents the workers presented when they were hired.
The arrest information is the first data released to the public since the so-called fugitive unit was formed. The Register received the data after filing a federal Freedom of Information Act request.
The numbers show 67 percent of those detained — 84 of 125 people from February to May this year — had no previous criminal offenses.
The chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says agents searching for people who ignore deportation orders will continue to arrest others in the country illegally who happen to be around when they show up.
Just last week, the Cordozo School of Law’s Immigrant Justice Center released its study on ICE immigration raids, and noted that among the organization’s many violations: “ICE has admitted that these are warrantless raids and, therefore, that any entries into homes require the informed consent of residents.” Now, consider this: ICE raiding the homes of those who work for its sister agency, Customs and Border Patrol.
Jimmy Slaughter and his wife, Sheila, were folding laundry last summer in their Yuma, Ariz., home when the knock came at the door. Seven uniformed federal agents with bulletproof vests and guns stood outside.
“What’s up, fellas?” Slaughter, a retired Marine, said he asked as he opened the screen door. Five of the armed agents walked in without asking permission, he said.
Today, we released a new video calling on DHS secretary Napolitano to investigate Bush-era home raids and focus on real, comprehensive immigration reform instead of half-baked enforcement measures that are only making communities less secure.