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September-October 2007 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly Digest

by Lee Siu Hin - Immigrant Solidarity Network Saturday, Oct. 06, 2007 at 2:27 AM
info@ImmigrantSolidarity.org (213)403-0131 Los Angeles, CA USA

National Immigrant Solidarity Network No Immigrant Bashing! Support Immigrant Rights!

September - October 2007 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly Digest

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September - October 2007 U.S. Immigrant Alert! Newsletter
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Next 16 Months for the Immigrant Rights Movement….
What Is Our Strategy?

In This Issue:

1) Next 16 Months for the Immigrant Rights Mov’t
2) Fight Against SSR No Match Letter
3) NISN Conference Report Back
4) Minutemen Watch
5) US Immigrant News Brief
6) Commentary on DREAM Act

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Lee Siu Hin
National Coordinator
National Immigrant Solidarity Network

At our recent 7/27-29 NISN National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference at Richmond, VA, we believe our goals for the next 16 months should be focused on building multi-ethnic, multi-constituent, broad-based grassroots immigrant rights movements across the country-especially in the southern states and the rural communities. We envision this as a de-centralized volunteer-based community-rooted immigrant rights movement with youth, women, workers and community members playing a more active role on campaign formulation and decision making processes to shape and lead the movement.

What does this mean for the immigrant rights movement? Clearly, with the "08" factor around the corner, the Congressional comprehensive immigration legislation is most likely dead until after the 2008 elections--although there is still a possibility of passing some small scale "pro" immigrant legislation. It is more likely that Congress will pass anti-immigrant legislation to provide funding to build the border fence, increase domestic spying and to continue with detention and deportation. We will see more local-level anti-immigrant ordinances popping-up across the country.

The immigrant rights movement should learn the lessons from the past. We must re-exam our strategies and carefully analyze the challenges and opportunities for the next two years if we are to build a new national immigrant strategy(ies) that will be broad based, inclusive, politically principled and tactically accomplishable.

Politically, we should focus LESS on Congressional legislation for the next two years, and focus MORE on building local coalitions, useful resources, and community-based education campaigns, such as: “know your rights” training, and local immigrant campaigns that will directly benefit communities, such as: counter-raids, detention & deportation support networks with useful resources; immigrant labor rights campaigns; campaign against local anti-immigrant ordinances; and linking the immigrant rights movement with other struggles, such as: war in Iraq and globalization.

Legislatively, never accepts "less then perfect" immigrant bill: Some “bi-partisan” bill supporters had been misleading and even threaten to say if we don't accepts the "less then perfect" bill--we'll never get anything. In reality, we cannot supports the bill because it's far worse then "less then perfect." No one should arguing "separation but equal" is the best solution for our survival. We should ask for the best, fight for the best and push for the best!

Furthermore, we need to focus to build a tactical alliance between different movement and community groups, the recent fight against Social Security No Match Letter shows there’s a important link between immigrant rights movement with labor and civil liberty organizations. In addition, we also need to support the immigrant-run anti-war to end the war in Iraq/Afghanistan, and counter-recruitment campaign, and the African-American run civil rights movement, such as Jena 6 campaign.

Yesterday We Marched, Today We Organized, Tomorrow We'll Achieve Our Dreams and Goals!

Together We Build A New National, Broad-Based, Immigrant Rights/Civil Rights Movement!


Please read the Newsletter, download URL: http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/Newsletter/Sep-Oct07.pdf

More than 1,300 are arrested as U.S. officials target immigrant criminals in Southland.

By Anna Gorman and Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

October 3 2007

Federal officers in Southern California over the last two weeks have arrested more than 1,300 immigrants, most of whom either have criminal records or have
failed to abide by deportation orders -- part of an intensifying but controversial effort across the nation to remove such violators.

http://www.latimes. com/news/ local/la- me-immig3oct03, 0,1321056. story?coll= la-home-center

Massive sweep deports hundreds detained

Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times


Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer escorts a man in Maywood who was later fingerprinted and scheduled for deportation to Guatemala. In a massive two-week operation, the agency targeted illegal immigrants held in county jails and those who had failed to abide by deportation

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer escorts a man in Maywood who was later fingerprinted and scheduled for deportation to Guatemala. In a massive two-week operation, the agency targeted illegal immigrants held in county jails and those who had failed to abide by deportation orders.

More than 1,300 are arrested as U.S. officials target immigrant criminals in Southland

By Anna Gorman and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
October 3, 2007

Federal officers in Southern California over the last two weeks have arrested more than 1,300 immigrants, most of whom either have criminal records or have failed to abide by deportation orders -- part of an intensifying but controversial effort across the nation to remove such violators.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which plans to announce the operation at a news conference in Los Angeles today, called the sweep the largest of its kind in the U.S. Nearly 600 of those arrested at homes, workplaces and in jails have already been deported.

"Where these laws may not have been enforced in the past, that has changed," said Jim Hayes, Los Angeles field office director for ICE.

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, pressure has been growing on the federal government to crack down on illegal immigrants, especially those who have committed crimes. And ICE has been waging a public relations battle to show that it is addressing the problem.

In the recent ICE operation, nearly 90% of the immigrants arrested had criminal records, deportation orders or had reentered the United States after being removed. The rest, 146, were "collateral" arrests -- people who encountered the agents and could not prove they were in the United States legally. Officers arrested 530 immigrants in their homes and workplaces and took custody of nearly 800 others from jails in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The 1,327 arrests surpassed the 1,297 undocumented immigrants arrested by ICE agents at meat processing plants in six states last December, part of an investigation into identity theft.

The enforcement is the latest example of the how some local law enforcement agencies are cooperating with federal authorities to ensure that criminals are identified and deported, rather than simply released from jail. ICE recently created a 24-hour command center, complete with a specific e-mail address and phone number, where local law enforcement officers can exchange information with immigration agents to identify possible deportees.

Though Los Angeles police, under a controversial policy, do not routinely inquire about suspects' immigration status, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties have formal agreements with ICE that allow local sheriff's officials to check the immigration status of inmates. ICE agents also work in some city jails, including Costa Mesa and Anaheim.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca called the partnership between ICE and jail personnel "very successful." He said his department had identified and interviewed 8,000 illegal immigrant inmates in the county jail system between January and September.

"It shows the volume in Los Angeles County is significant when it comes to the managing of illegal immigrants that have committed local crimes," Baca said.

In Orange County, officials found that about 10% of the 46,000 inmates that have gone through the system since mid-January were illegal

"It's exceeding our expectations, " Sheriff Michael S. Carona said of the screening program. "The communities are slowly but surely" buying into it. "We are not going down the street asking people for their immigration status."

In many cities, there has been a rising backlash to special treatment of illegal immigrants, including in Los Angeles, where officers have long interpreted the department's Special Order 40 as prohibiting them from asking the immigration status of suspects in most routine cases. Anti-illegal immigrant groups are suing to overturn the order.

The federal arrests also signal a change in how Immigration and Customs Enforcement deals with absconders and violators. In the past, most immigrants simply ignored their deportation orders, knowing there was little chance of arrest. Even those who were detained often posted bond and hid in plain sight in the community.

"There is no question that the immigration problems that our country is facing are problems that have grown over a long period of time," said ICE Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers. "Historically, the agency was not aggressively focused on detaining those who posed a risk of flight."

But Myers said the agency is expanding bed space, detaining more immigrants and increasingly using alternatives to detention, such as electronic monitoring.

In 2003, ICE created 17 fugitive operations teams to target specific immigrants. As of this week, there are 75 such teams around the nation, including five in the Los Angeles area. Since the program's inception, ICE teams have arrested more than 61,000 immigrants, including 17,331 who had criminal convictions.

Overall, there are an estimated 595,000 immigration fugitives in the United States, down 37,000 from a year ago -- marking the first-ever decline, ICE authorities said.

About 1,100 of the recent arrestees were from Mexico. An additional 170 were from Central America, and others were from countries including Vietnam, Indonesia and Ireland. They had committed crimes such as burglary, domestic violence, assault and transportation of drugs, agents said. Some of them were legal, permanent residents who were deportable because of the crimes they committed.

The U.S. attorney's office plans to prosecute more than 45 of the arrestees for reentry after deportation, a felony that could land them in prison for up to 20 years.

"These are people who, No. 1 , have no right to be in the United States legally and they've exacerbated that crime by committing additional crimes," Hayes said. "These aren't people that we want in our communities. These aren't just people looking for work."

At 5:15 a.m. last Thursday, several armed officers wearing bullet-proof vests met at a Food 4 Less parking lot in Maywood. Supervisory Agent Jorge Field ran through the list of targets they were seeking.

Among them was Ramon Yac Mahik. Field showed the officers his photo and recited his information: Male from Guatemala. Thirty-five years old. Previous convictions for vehicle theft and domestic violence. An Immigration Court ruled against him. His appeal was denied by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Several ICE vehicles pulled up quietly on his street in Los Angeles and within seconds the officers had surrounded the house. They knocked on the front door, but the people living at the apartment didn't know him. Then a woman came down a side stairway leading to an upstairs apartment.

Field asked her name and her husband's name. After getting permission to go inside, officers found Mahik. Field told him that he had an immigration warrant for his arrest. After the Guatemalan said goodbye to his children and gave his wife his boss' phone number, he was handcuffed and escorted to a van.

Later that morning, he sat on a metal bench at an immigration processing center in Santa Ana. In an interview, he acknowledged his criminal record but said it was from years earlier and that he deserved to have a chance to stay in the United States. Mahik said he was ordered deported in 1999 after posting bond and then failing to show up in court.

He works in the garment industry and has three U.S.-born children, ages 16, 10 and 5. His wife was injured in a recent car accident and can't work, he said.

"I don't consider myself a criminal," he said in Spanish. "I would like to fight to see if they let me stay here with my children. To leave them abandoned would be horrible for me. . . . And I don't want them to suffer."

The arrests break up families and create an unfair and inaccurate impression of the immigrant community, which is by and large law-abiding, said Reshma Shamasunder, director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. Enforcement actions also cause fear in immigrant neighborhoods and families that may include U.S. citizens.

"It directs public attention away from the real need to reform the immigration system overall," she said. "This is not going to solve our problems. . . . This is just one narrow-minded, mean-spirited way of trying to fix the immigration problem."

Anti-illegal immigration groups, however, said the action showed what the government can do when it is motivated to enforce the law.

"I hate to sound ungrateful, because we're grateful for any enforcement, " said Rick Oltman with Californians for Population Stabilization. "But at this point, we're wondering what took so long."

anna.gorman@ latimes.com

andrew.blankstein@ latimes.com

Copyright 2007 Los Angeles Times

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