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News :: Human Rights : Labor
Human Rights Organization Denounces Egregious Workplace Immigration Raids in Six Meatpacking Plants
17 Dec 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The New England Regional office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) expresses deep concern that the immigration sweeps which recently took place in six Swift & Company meatpacking plants in six states represent an egregious attack on the right to work, and whose sole effect serves to stir up unfounded negative sentiments towards migrants and divide working-class families and migrant communities. Furthermore, some press reports indicate that less than 5% of those detained were charged with identity theft raising serious questions about the use of identity theft as a principle motive behind the raids.
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"While identity theft is a real concern with devastating effects for many people in the US, including migrants, the Department of Homeland Security is purposefully attempting to manipulate public perception by using scare tactics that distract the general public from flagrant civil rights abuses that took place in the ICE-conducted raids," stated Gabriel Camacho, regional coordinatior of AFSC's Project Voice. "The "war against illegal immigration,' as described by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff in reference to these raids, symbolized by the military-style tactics used in raiding the meatpacking plants, amounts to a war against working families that terrorizes migrant communities who are trying to make ends meet."

The AFSC San Diego office documented at least one case in San Diego County, in the town of Fallbrook, where ICE agents used the excuse of identity theft to conduct a home raid where serious civil rights violations took place. In September 2006, ICE agents entered the home of a migrant family pointing weapons at the residents using the pretext that they wanted to investigate the misuse of credit cards and other documents. The home raid resulted in the deportation of family members. As a result, two minors in the United States now must deal with not having their parents to support them.

The AFSC expresses solidarity with the working families affected by the raids, especially those that now must deal with the complications associated with family separation. The AFSC also cautions that ulterior motives for DHS-ICE raids have less to do about protecting the identity of US Citizens and Residents, and more to do with swaying public perception towards acceptance of diminished rights for working families.

The American Friends Service Committee supports the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of their immigration status. AFSC's Project VOICE works to uplift migrant voices and strengthen efforts of migrant-led organizations to set an agenda for fair and human national public policies.

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The American Friends Service Committee is Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice a, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

Gabriel Camacho
Project Voice Regional Coordinator
American Friends Service Committee
New England Regional Office
2161 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02140

Phone (617) 661-6130 ext. 115
fax (617) 354-2832
gcamacho(no spam)afsc.org

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Immigrant Communities Demand a Moratorium on Raids
20 Dec 2006
PRESS ADVISORY

Leaders of Local Latino Immigrant Communities Demand a Moratorium on
the Raids, Detentions and Deportations and Denounce Outgoing Governor
Romney’s Attacks on Immigrant Communities

Who: National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities
(NALACC) Massachusetts Chapter

For more information contact:
Magalis Troncoso, Dominican Development Center
(857) 719-9055
Damaris López, Agencia Alpha
(617) 962-3417

When: Wednesday, December 20, 11:30 AM

Where: Outside of the State House, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA

What: In a coordinated nationwide action of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), leaders of local Latino immigrant communities will call for a moratorium on the recent raids, detentions and deportations. They will also denounce outgoing Governor Mitt Romney’s anti-immigrant policies and call upon Governor-Elect Patrick to follow through on his campaign pledges to treat immigrant communities with fairness and respect.

This press conference is being held a week after the mass raids targeting immigrant workers in Swift meatpacking plants in six states across
the country. Following the raids, and with the Congress and President still with the task of agreeing upon a comprehensive solution to the
country’s obsolete immigration policy, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that such aggressive actions will
continue to increase over the coming months.

Meanwhile, local anti-immigrant measures have only increased. Governor Mitt Romney recently signed an agreement that will authorize Massachusetts state troopers to function as immigration agents, which NALACC-MA denounces as a threat to public safety and an implicit endorsement of racial profiling. Additionally, the Registry of Motor Vehicles is facing a class-action suit for discriminating against immigrants seeking
drivers licenses. “We reject these xenophobic measures. It is clear that the immigrant community will only continue to be criminalized and
discriminated against until we have achieved a just, humane and comprehensive reform of US immigration policy,” stated Tito Meza of the Proyecto Hondureño, a NALACC member.

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NALACC is a non-profit organization comprised of over 80 community based organizations led by Latin-American and Caribbean immigrants. NALACC
organizations advocate for national and international policies that contribute to healthy community development across borders.
American Citizens Demand a Moratorium on Illegal Immigration
08 Jan 2007
When you cut through all the gobbledygook, so-called "immigrant rights" groups are trying to shield ILLEGAL immigrants from obeying the law. Immigration laws must be adhered to as much as any other laws. If you don't like any law, you're welcome to try and change it. Until such time, immigration laws must be fully enforced. American workers and legal residents must be protected from unscrupulous ILLEGAL aliens. All ILLEGAL aliens must be deported and if they want to return they can apply for legal admittance from their country of origin. It's the same in any nation state and there's no reason for it to be any different here!