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ICE Firing of 1200 Janitors Likened by SEIU to “Redecorating When the House is on Fire”

This morning, the Associated Press and Minnesota Public Radio reported that 1,200 undocumented janitors had been fired from Twin Cities company ABM under pressure from the Department of Homeland Security. ICE worked with ABM, giving employees a few months to produce documentation and then firing those who couldn’t in four waves throughout October in what might be called a “silent raid.” None of the janitors were arrested, and ICE hasn’t yet fined ABM.

Driving Without English

Police officers giving drivers $204 tickets for not speaking English? It sounds like a rejected Monty Python sketch. Except the grim reality is that it has happened at least 39 times in Dallas since January 2007, according to The Dallas Morning News. At least six officers in several different patrol divisions wrote the tickets, each time citing a driver for violating a law that does not exist. All but one of the drivers were Hispanic.

LAPD Police Chief on Immigration: Fight Crime, Protect Communities

Yesterday, in “Warning: Talking Sanely about Immigration May Be Hazardous,” we reported on Sacramento’s Police Chief Rick Braziel, and his measured, rational approach to immigration and community policing. Today, we are happy to highlight another key voice on this issue. Outgoing LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton is a member of the rapidly-growing network of police chiefs across the nation calling for a serious immigration overhaul.

New Report from Labor Groups Makes Case for Immigration Reform

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.

Should We Be Ticketing People For Not Speaking English?

So, now we’re ticketing people for not speaking English? No, really. Daphne Eviatar of the Washington Independent reports:”Dallas police wrongly ticketed at least 39 drivers for not speaking English over the last three years, reports the Dallas Morning News.” It seems Dallas police were confused when, after pulling drivers over for other suspected violations, the police checked their in-car computers and a pull-down menu listed the “non-English speaking driver” charge as an option…

Polk County Sheriff speaks out on immigration reform

The sheriff of Polk County is joining law officers from Texas and California in calling for a overhaul of the U.S. immigration system. Sheriff Bill McCarthy, who is the former Des Moines police chief, says he agrees with his counterparts that complex immigration laws and policies make it tough for local officials to do their jobs.

Warning: Talking Sanely about Immigration May Be Hazardous

Last week Stephen Magagnini and Susan Ferriss of the Sacramento Bee first reported that Police Chief Rick Braziel had become the latest voice of a growing number of police chiefs across the nation calling for a serious immigration overhaul. These police chiefs are sick and tired of what they’re seeing on the ground, a festering situation rife with abuse made worse by politicians’ lack of courage to tackle real immigration reform.