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2008 U.S. Immigrant Alert! Newsletter
by National Immigrant Solidarity Network
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Day 2008! ICE Massive Immigrant Raids!
Immigrant Counter-Recruitment Campaign, NO to Killing!
May Day 2008!
2) Massive Racist ICE Immigrant Raids!
3) County Jails Welcome Immigrants
4) Justice for Indian Guest Workers in New Orleans!
5) Call to Create Immigrant Counter-Recruitment Campaign!
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1) Emergency actions and support against the ICE
2) Immigrant Counter Recruitment Campaign
Day 2008: Tens of Thousands March for Immigrant Rights; ICE Raids
Immigrant Solidarity Network
“May Day 2008 International Workers Day and Mobilization to
Support Immigrant Rights! Reports from Around the World"
Download the Report:: http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/Documents/MayDay08Reports.pdf
In-depth Report By: Immigration News Briefs (INB)
Day demonstrations for immigrant and worker rights took place in
at least 220 cities in 32 states on May 1, 2008. The largest
action appeared to be in Milwaukee, where some 30,000 marched,
although crowd estimates at Chicago's march ranged from 15,000 to
50,000. In Los Angeles, the reported turnout was anywhere between
10,000 and 30,000.
mainstream media ran fairly favorable coverage of the marches,
noting their energetic spirit despite lower turnout. Compared to
previous years, the media also paid more attention to the way in
which the immigrant marches have become an annual tradition and
are bringing the May Day labor holiday--International Workers'
Day—back to the US, where the tradition started in the 1880s.
of this year's protests were focused on stopping the immigration
raids, especially workplace raids, which have increased steadily
since 2006. Yet the raids continued, both before and after May
Day, with at least 170 workers arrested in workplace raids in
Texas, Arkansas, California, Hawai'i and Virginia between Apr. 25
and May 5.
there is so much repression against immigrants and their families,
the real story is how so many people overcame their fear and
marched in 200 cities," noted Gladys Vega of the Chelsea
Collaborative, which organized a May Day march in Chelsea,
read rest of the May Day 2008 reports, please go to the
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Racist ICE Immigrant Raids Across the Country at Post-May Day 2008
Detention Watch: http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/detention.html
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URGENT! Up to 700 Arrested in Iowa Raid!!!!
Citizens For Legitimate Government
to 700 arrests estimated in Postville raid
12 May 2008 (IA) Four Homeland Security buses with U.S.
Immigration and Customs tags on them have entered the
Agriprocessors Inc. complex. The buses, along with a trail of SUVs
and vans with Minnesota license plates, arrived at about 11:45
a.m. Tim Counts, a Midwest ICE spokesman, declined to
confirm where people who are arrested will be detained.
Federal officials have leased the National Cattle Congress
fairgrounds in Waterloo, but they declined to explain last week
whether the property was being prepared for use as a detention
discussed today possible strategies to help after a raid,
including locating children and identifying detainees.' Fearing
raid, immigration-rights activists meet in Waterloo 11
May 2008 Several Iowa immigration-rights activists gathered today
at a Waterloo church and the home of a local social worker to
discuss what they consider to be an impending immigration raid.
The discussions were prompted by federal officials' lease last
week of the National Cattle Congress fairgrounds in Waterloo.
Local immigration-rights activists fear the fairgrounds will be
used as a detention center.
Surround Homeland Security's Presence in Waterloo
--Many people in Waterloo believe the site is being
transformed into a detention center. 09 May 2008 People
in Waterloo are trying to figure out what sort of operation
federal officials are conducting in town. This week, the
Department of Homeland Security took-over and sealed-off the
grounds of the National Cattle Congress on the west side of
Waterloo. Thursday night, our crew went to investigate, but
security guards told them to stay across the street from the
property. Our camera caught pictures of elaborate ventilation
systems going into the buildings. There were dozens of cars coming
in and out with license plates from surrounding states, and even
as far away as Georgia and Texas. A guard at the gate told us they
are preparing for training exercises, but a Homeland Security
spokesman would not confirm that. Many people in Waterloo believe
the site is being transformed into a detention center.
once ailing private-prison sector is now a revenue maker
12 May 2008 "The private prison industry was on the verge of
bankruptcy in the late 1990s, until the feds bailed them out with
the immigration-detention contracts," said Michele Deitch, an
expert on prison privatization with the Lyndon B. Johnson School
of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. As
increasingly tough immigration laws have called for the detention
and deportation of ever more immigrants [and soon-to-be
bird flu vaccine refuseniks], the demand for bed space by
immigration authorities has helped turn what was once a dying
business into a multibillion-dollar industry with record revenue
and stock prices several times higher than they were eight years
ago. In San Diego, CCA [Corrections Corporation of America] is in
the permitting process to build a nearly 3,000-bed facility that
the company hopes will be used by U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, or ICE. It would hold more than four times the
detainees held in San Diego now.
Immigrant Raid Video from Activist Video
march was to protest the I.C.E. raids in the Bay Area 1
day after 10,000 people marched for immigrant rights at
May Day 2008. They seized 63 people from a local
to Create Immigrant Counter-Recruitment Campaign!
our last July's National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference
we'd decided immigrant counter-recruitment campaign will be one of
our core projects for the National Immigrant Solidarity Network.
communities in general had been increasingly targeted by military
recruiters, more and more immigrant rights groups and immigrant
student organizations are rely on grants from U.S. military--in
exchange for promoting military recruitment at their programs.
Why? because the immoral U.S. wars and occupations in Iraq and
Afghanistan had drained military manpower, with sharp drop on
military recruitments from White and African-American communities,
immigrants-especially undocumented immigrant youths had become the
last promising source of soldiers--With the vague promises of
citizenship or college scholarship.
National Immigrant Solidarity Network, is calling for establishing
a immigrant counter-recruitment working group, to work with
immigrant gold-star families, immigrant-based antiwar groups and
United for Peace and Justice to formulate a national immigrant
if you want to be part of this movement.
On-Line Tools for Congressional Advocacy and Community
Immigrant Solidarity Network, along with ActionLA Coalition
and Activist Design Studio, are launching a breakthrough
on-line activism tools: e-Activism.org and ActivistVideo.org
a free open-membership social networking site for the
community activists for on-line activism with different tools
to create your campaigns, useful tools for the policy research
and on-line policy advocacy tools to contact the elected
a free video-sharing site for activist communities! Can create
your own campaign pages to upload related videos!
Immigrant Rights Videos from ActivistVideo.org
ICE Raids in San Rafael 2008
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Immigrant Resources on Detention and Deportation
Thanks for GREAT works from Detention Watch Network (DWN) to
compiled the following information, please visit DWN website: http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org
ICE's Enforcement Agenda
Deal fact sheet on detention
Deal fact sheet on border
Raids to Deportation-A Community Resource Kit
- Know Your Rights in the Community (English,
Your Rights in Detention
Community Safety Plan
to Deportation Map
to Deportation Policy Map
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