imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

ICE Takes no rest in Santa Ana--Only Prisoners

by dl Friday, Jun. 29, 2007 at 1:13 PM

Meda and Enforcement Agencies want us to believe that they are taking only "criminal aliens". MENTIRAS! They are taking taking parents walking kids home from school, women walking home from grocery store, workers at bus stops, etc. Last week's raids was not the conclusion of sweps--THEY WERE ONLY THE BEGINNING. June 1st marked the begining of O.C.'s "enforcement team" (read 2nd article for more details below).

ICE Takes no rest in...
fuera_ice_de_nuestra_comunidad.jpg, image/jpeg, 938x945

[Written Wed. 6/27]


Today, a half-dozen or so people hit the streets of Santa Ana around 4th and Main, carrying signs that say "DEPORT ICE" and "ALTO A LOS REDADAS" and fliers abouto the upcoming meeting (Thurs) and march (Sat.). We were following up on a report from a team of folks who last night learned that there had been ICE agents at a nearby market (Northgate Gonzales) and suspected that an ICE raid might perhaps be in the works. The report was that last Saturday morning, around 11am, these agents were spotted talking to businesses and checking entrances and exits. We thought it was possibe a raid was being planned for this area, so we wanted to check it out without causing any alarm to community members.

What we learned today, walking to and around the store and surrounding area, was that apparantly a raid did take place. A separate report from a local person was that Friday and Saturday, around 10 or 11am and then again around 3pm, that ICE appeared and just started taking people. This report said the agents entered Carisol marketplace (same vicinity as the other) and took away 15 people, plus several other reports of seeing the vans and ICE officials walking around their streets.

The time and location corresponds enough to the first report that it sounds valid. It is difficult to confirm the actuality of the numbers reported, right now there is so little documentation of what is happening that all we have to rely on is the word on the streets.

As we approached another street vendor and surrounding clientele, we heard more stories. We met a family who said they called Univision already to tell them their story--that the ICE agents are targeting bike trails where parents walk their kids home from school. We were asked repeatedly by this family to please go there if we wanted to help, to go there when school is getting out that that is when the agents arrive to grab people. The school in particular the spoke of is Roosevelt school on Chestnut and Holiday.

We heard other stories--of agents stopping people in their cars (perhaps this is the checkpoint others reported of occuring last night??). After a while, it grew difficult to continue writing down all the street corners and locations where they had heard immigration agents had been appearinng because there were just so many--15th and Surgeon by Davis school,
17th St. at a 7-11,
1st and Grand,
Chapman St. in the city of Orange, and so on.

Another group of women we encountered on the street today said that we had just missed agents earlier this morning. They said that at 9:30 this morning, 2 vans that said HOMELAND SECURITY parked, one on each side of the street, and 3 men in black/ navy blue uniforms that said "immigration" on it, each carrying pistols around their waste, walked into theirs and other peoples businesses and starting asking questions, with little children standing nearby and families on streets surrounding. At this point, the ladies we spoke to said they were told by others to go inside and not come out until they (the immigration officials) had left.

When we walked down another block, I peered ahead to inspect an unmarked white van parked on the strip. As I walked forward, carrying my sign, I was greeted with something that caught me by great surprise to receive. I was greeted by a standing ovation (clapping and standing up) by the vendors and women gathered on that particular location. I almost couldn't believe my eyes (or ears). I walked over to them to share the flier and information about events, and they told us about several other locations of raids; they spoke to us of how empty their streets were (on the main strip in Santa Ana) all through the weekend; they told us of how much fear people are in, that they are too afraid to come out and shop. The group of people took the fliers, promised to come to the meeting tomorrow night, and thanked us repeatedly for being there.

Another uncofirmed report is also that yesterday immigration officials corned off streets at the end of the work day at 3 different janitorial work sites near Irvine. More details are coming in later today on that report.

Tomorrow, we call for continued walks through the community. We are asking for a team to depart from Centro (the corner of 5th and Broadway) at noon (come early if possible to make signs), but either way--depart at noon to make the same walk down 4th street as the community was greatly appreciative of our presence.

Secondly, we'd like a second team to go to Roosevelt school on Chestnut and Holiday when the kids get let out to provide a presence of safety for the parents walking their children home from school. The exact address and time of release needs to be confirmed--anyonoe is welcome to research that and post it back to the recipients of this email, or look it up yourself and just show up tomorrow at the end of the school day.

What is happening is clearly horrible, and based on the growing numbers of people responding, this will NOT be taken quietly. We met people on the streets today who had already received our fleirs, copied them, and was distributing them to their friends and/or posting on their market windows. We expect a significant community response and participation in tomorrow's meeting, and suggest for people to help by providing or bringing refreshments? a pitcher of aguas? pan dulce?

LASTLY---we have gone through over 2,000 fliers in the last 2 days, so I have attached the flier to this email, and ANYONE who can print and make copies can drop off the fliers during daytime hours at Centro in the first door which opens only to the lobby. This door at least from noon -on should be open.


A report from our street team of folks flyering and talking w/ community today gave information that points to an ICE raid coming anyday now at Northgate Market on 4th St (409 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, 92701) between Spurgeon and French St.

The security guard at the store reported seeing officials who appeared to be ICE walking around the store, checkingi the entrances and exits, and acting suspicious. The ICE officials, including the reported white vans they came in, were there on reportedly 3 days ago at around 11am, their opening time.

This is the first of what could be many possible ICE warnings we could have, so we should think about how is best to respond.

I suggest those who have time during daytime hours meet at Centro tomorrow, 10am, pick up some signs, and we picket there for maybe an hour or something w/ general signs that we could realisitically be saying anywhere in Santa Ana (Stop the Raids! Afuera ICE de nuestra comunidade). This may serve as to detur the raid if it is coming, plus other possible benefits such as talking w/ more community and perhaps putting Northgate Market in an uncomfortable position if they appear to be cooperating w/ ICE..

We will assume 11am as their potential arrival time, and therefore plan to arrive there and picket around 11am?? It can reallyl be as simple as 3 or so people showing up to create a presence.



REPORT MONDAY 6/25/07

Immigration Sweeps in Orange County:
Just the first of Many More to Come
by: D.L.

According to LA Times, a special immigration enforcement team began operations June 1st, and is based in Laguna Niguel [OC Register]. This new team is one of 61 enforcement teams operating across country, with 14 more teams expected to be operational by the end of this year.

This last week concluded what officials say is "the first operation of a new fugitive-operations team in Orange County that is charged with scaling back the number of illegal immigrants." [OC Register, 6/23/07]. This indicates that the 5-day sweep is the first of many more to come.

The name of the operation is "Operation Cross Check" whose goal is to "reduce the number of people, especially those with criminal records, who fail to follow court orders to deport." However, of the 175 people arrested, only 27 had criminal records, and 26 (perhaps 26 of the 27?) had failed to comply with court orders to leave the country.

This leaves the remaining 150 people arrested, approximately 85% of those arrested this last week, according to OC Register, as being "immigrants with no law-enforcement record who were picked up after agents checked for identification on the house visits."

Questions that arise are--"house visits"? What strategy are they using to determine which houses (or, let's be real--which street corner or bus stop also) they are choosing to "visit"? Or, are they just randomly stopping people as reports from the neighborhoods affected have indicated? The same public report cooresponds with public interviews in the communities affected, which is that--they simply stop you, and if you are unable to provide documnetation at that moment of your citizenship (such as California I.D.), then, you are arrested.

The task force is officially located in Laguna Niguel as Homeland Security's California location for "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services" [US CIS]. However, whether the team is located in Laguna Niguel or not, the offices of US CIS has a sub-office in downtown Santa Ana at 34 Civic Center Plaza.

Detention for arrestees "serving this area" are said to be held at Westminster Office at 14560 Magnolia St., which supports the Detention and Removal Unit of US CIS. To inquire about "aliens", you may call (714) 372-3803.

It's important to note that this "service center" is "serving" both Orange County and South Los Angeles County.

For Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, there is a US CIS office in San Bernarndino at 655 West. Rialto Ave., San Bernarndino, with detention facilities undeclared but information obtainable at (909) 386-3228 or (213) 830-5160.

However, at least one arrestee--a father who had just finished walking his children to school in the morning, Sergio Tamayo, is being held in Lancaster at a facility that is otherwise recognized as an L.A. County Jaill who is contracted by the INS to "house illegal immigrants until their immigration case is decided." This facility is called Mira Loma Detention Center, 45100 60th West, Lancaster, CA, with inmate information at (213) 473-6080.

It is not clear how many other contract facilities US CIS / ICE / or INS may be using, but reports indicate they also will rent space inside local city or county jails. The department ICE reports that the average stay for inmates is usually around 30 days, but some will remain in custody for years.

Conclusions are that--the last 5 days was not the first, nor the last of such raids. There is now grounded evidence that the raids are in fact--"RAIDS" --by virtue of the 85% arrested only being taken into custody by ICE's "house visits" and not having proper identification. The location of where these arrestees or detainees are being taken is not clear or transparent, making it difficult to monitor or report on their situations or well-being. Also, it appears that South Los Angeles may be receiving similar raids from the same "team", perhaps all part of the "Operation Cross Check."

Advocates for immigrant communities need to be increasing diligent in following these "teams", and question whether this should take precedence as primary struggles to align ourselves with. This would mean--initiating or intensifying rapid response network to ICE raids, increasing advocate or independent journalists' presence on the actual streets and communities where the raids are taking place, and continuing conversation within affected communities directly, supporting their own desires for steps to take forward.

Such raids and invasions in our community must not continue to occur in the dark. Families living in these communities are afraid, to scared to walk out their doors at times with such heightened attacks. It is the responsibiltiy of advocates to be stepping up, making ourselves visible as allies, and making clear and definite statements denouncing these attacks, and refusing to allow ICE to terrorize these communities without being witnessed by outside communities.

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Alto a los deportaciones

by dl Friday, Jun. 29, 2007 at 1:13 PM

Alto a los deportaci...
alto_a_los_deportaciones.jpg, image/jpeg, 1048x786

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


People on streets learning of situation in shock

by dl Friday, Jun. 29, 2007 at 1:13 PM

People on streets le...
people_learn_about_situation_with_outrage.jpg, image/jpeg, 1054x901

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Photos from ICE raids earlier in year---still breaking families apart.

by dl Friday, Jun. 29, 2007 at 1:13 PM

Photos from ICE raid...
photos_from_ice_raid_at_swift_plant__co__dec._06.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x320

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


DEPORT ICE!!!

by dl Friday, Jun. 29, 2007 at 1:13 PM

DEPORT ICE!!!...
deport_ice_1.jpg, image/jpeg, 709x650

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 19 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
START PLACE FOR MARCH dl Sunday, Jul. 01, 2007 at 4:21 AM
Orders are orders ICE Officer Friday, Jul. 06, 2007 at 11:43 AM
If they're illegal Joaquin Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2007 at 2:38 PM
My Questions Why? Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2007 at 9:20 AM
They are ILLEGAL ALIENS Jay Saturday, Jul. 21, 2007 at 2:53 AM
Neo-Con social theory for the 21st Century Minitrue Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 11:31 AM
Genocides & Gas Attacks Obedience Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 11:40 AM
Yay! Lingam Tuesday, Jun. 08, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Local News

KPFK programmer writes subscribers & updates info: A31 4:31PM

KPFK is in double trouble, credit cards misused, and... A24 3:48PM

WW Broad & The War On Public Education In LA A19 8:05AM

KPFK= more. Tired of the turmoil? we are too. A18 4:22PM

KPFK Work Reductions ....signs of an ending now, so soon ? A18 10:30AM

kPFK under threatening duress - even to it's long-established staff by new Gen'l Mgr A16 8:46PM

Secretive Glonvec weapons manufacturer in town A13 9:21AM

KPFK in MeltDown.NOW. A11 11:31AM

KPFK RADIO is essential to Pacifica, who also umbrellas KPFA that may be falling away A07 7:26PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Eternity Warriors 4 Heros Call Hack S05 5:11AM

Low-Wage America S05 3:04AM

Over 100,000 Brits Want Netanyahu Arrested S05 2:48AM

False Reports of Russian Military Intervention in Syria S04 11:50AM

Western Support for Israeli State Terror S04 11:21AM

Suppernanny, Jo Frost Tour Casting S04 6:18AM

Bina Warren S04 6:14AM

Israel's Failed Anti-Iranian Nuclear Deal Campaign S04 5:43AM

Vladimir Putin Straight Talk S04 3:01AM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S04 1:15AM

The Shortwave Report 09/04/15 Listen Globally! S03 5:21PM

Obama's Covert Drone War on Syria S03 11:23AM

Philippines: Bongbong’s whitewashing of Marcos name anathema to 2016 plans S03 5:30AM

Guatemalan President Resigns: Faces Corruption Charges S03 5:11AM

Veto-Proof Senate Margin Achieved for Iran Nuclear Deal S03 12:38AM

La pensée conditionnée S02 11:36PM

The truth of our time S02 7:12PM

Kurt cobains half brother hit and the mom of Kurt brown. Saint ram bone S02 2:09PM

Dollar As World's Reserve Currency Threatened S02 10:43AM

More Lawless US Sanctions on Russia S02 10:20AM

New Israeli Police State Measure S02 3:51AM

Gaza: A Socioeconomic Dead Zone S02 1:46AM

Dream ending for circus lions rescued in South America: Huge airlift to take 33 lions home S01 4:49PM

Crying for the USA disabled groups 2015 S01 1:00PM

fbi/cia dirty business S01 12:12PM

Puerto Rico’s Religious Leaders Call for Debt Relief and End to Austerity S01 11:55AM

Venezuela Reveals New Evidence Against Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez S01 4:29AM

Violence and Instability on Russia's Border S01 2:50AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy