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January 2007: Several Local ICE Immigrant Raids/Arrests
Released 25 February 2007  By Immigration News Briefs

January 2007: Several Local ICE Immigrant Raids/Arrests

Immigration News Briefs
Vol. 10, No. 4 - February 10, 2007

1. Baltimore: Day Laborers Arrested
2. Chicago: Cleaning Workers Arrested
3. More Military Base Arrests

Immigration News Briefs is a weekly supplement to Weekly News Update on the
Americas, published by Nicaragua Solidarity Network, 339 Lafayette St, New
York, NY 10012; tel 212-674-9499; fax 212-674-9139; INB is also
distributed free via email; see below or contact for info.

On Jan. 23, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
agents arrested 24 undocumented day laborers in the parking
lot of a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Fells Point
neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. ICE spokesperson
Marc Raimondi said the agents were part of a fugitive
operations team on an unrelated assignment when they
stopped at the convenience store. A group of day laborers
approached the agents' unmarked vehicles, believing they
were contractors looking for workers. According to
Raimondi, the ICE agents then determined that all 24 men
assembled at the store were out-of-status, and brought them
to an ICE holding facility in Baltimore. "Although ICE
conducts targeted enforcement actions, we will not ignore
immigration violations we encounter during the course of
doing business," said John Alderman, acting director of ICE's
Baltimore field office. Ten of the arrested men were
Honduran, eight were Mexican, five were Salvadoran and one
was Peruvian. According to ICE, six of the men had criminal
records in the US, eight had failed to comply with final
removal orders from an immigration judge and one had been
caught at the border on four occasions.

At a press conference later the same day in front of the 7-
Eleven where the arrests took place, the immigrant advocacy
group CASA of Maryland said the "illegal raid" unfairly
targeted Latin Americans and was beyond ICE's authority.
"Asking a bunch of people about their immigration status is
well beyond the confines of a specific warrant," CASA
spokeswoman Kim Propeack said. Other immigrant advocates
and faith leaders joined in the press conference to protest the
arrests and call for reforms to the country's immigration
system. [Washington Times 1/24/07]

On Jan. 23, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
special agents arrested 11 women immigrants from Poland
who worked cleaning residences and businesses in the
Chicago area. The women were employed by CleanPol, a
cleaning service company operated out of a residence in
Glenview, just north of Chicago. All 11 had entered the US
on visitor visas and overstayed. They have been placed in
removal proceedings.

ICE initiated the investigation into CleanPol in October 2006
after receiving information that out-of-status immigrants were
employed there. ICE subsequently discovered that CleanPol
employed workers who were picked up in a van each day and
driven to various job sites. ICE agents stopped a van at an
intersection on Chicago's north side and made the arrests after
watching the driver pick up workers at several locations. [ICE
News Release 1/24/07]

On Jan. 17, ICE agents and US Army security personnel
arrested 24 contract workers as they attempted to enter Fort
Benning, Georgia, to build a barracks for soldiers. Three of
the workers had overstayed visas and are to be placed in
removal proceedings; the other 21 face federal charges in the
US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in
Columbus for identity theft and immigration violations,
including improper entry and reentry after deportation,
according to ICE.

In Virginia on Jan. 18, ICE arrested 14 undocumented
workers on administrative immigration charges--three of them
at the Quantico Marine Base, three in Fredericksburg and
eight at an apartment complex in Dumfries. ICE arrested two
other men--one of them a US citizen--at the same Dumfries
apartment complex; the US Attorney for the Eastern District
of Virginia has charged the two with conspiracy to harbor
"illegal aliens." A third man is being sought. The three men
are accused of hiring undocumented immigrants to work on
a construction project on Quantico Marine Base. They are
also accused of leasing apartments for the workers and
providing them with transportation onto the base using trucks
bearing Department of Defense decals.

On Jan. 18, ICE agents and Nellis Air Force Base security
officers arrested two immigrants at Creech Air Force Base in
Indian Springs, Nevada. The two were employed by a
masonry construction company to construct aviation
electronics buildings on the base. According to ICE, one of
those arrested is a Nicaraguan who "is a member of MS-13,
considered to be one of the most dangerous gangs operating
in America." The investigation into is ongoing, says ICE.

Agencies assisting in the three operations included the US
Marshals Service, the US Department of Labor Office of
Inspector General, the Social Security Administration Office
of Inspector General, US military security personnel and the
police department of Prince William County, Virginia. [ICE
News Release 1/19/07]

During the week of Jan. 22, federal and Florida state agents
arrested 13 individuals at the Naval Air Station in Key West,
Florida. ICE reported that two of those arrested were
undocumented and "in possession of fraudulent" green cards;
the US attorney's office has agreed to prosecute, ICE said.
Two other men were arrested on outstanding state warrants
and nine on state fraudulent identifications charges, ICE
reported. More than 120 individuals who did not have proper
naval IDs were escorted off the base. All those arrested and
escorted off base were employed by general contractors, the
agency said. Other agencies involved in the operation
included the Naval Air Station Key West, the Naval Criminal
Investigative Service, the Key West Police Department and
the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. [Miami Herald

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