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Latino group upset by raids
Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/22/7 | Shirley Dang

Posted on 01/22/2007 1:02:00 PM PST by SmithL

A wave of immigration raids in Concord, Pacheco and west Contra Costa County has prompted a local Latino advocacy group to file a complaint.

Officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, falsely identified themselves as police, refused to show identification proving their agency affiliation and prevented detainees from taking prescription medication with them, according to a draft of a complaint by the League of United Latin American Citizens.

The league also claims that agents wrongfully searched apartments of Latinos without permission under the pretext of picking up those with outstanding warrants, said Jerry Okendo, president of the league's Bay Area chapter. He estimates agents picked up more than 30 immigrants.

"They're supposed to be out working warrants," Okendo said. "They're not supposed to be making raids." He said he plans to send the complaint to the Department of Homeland Security today.

Representatives of ICE could not be reached for comment Saturday. However, ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley told the Times this week that ICE agents target known illegal immigrants who have disobeyed orders to leave the country and also possess the right to pick up others without legal papers to be in the United States.

The department created ICE in 2003 by combining the enforcement arms of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the U.S. Customs Service. From 2004 through June 2006, the agency has removed more than 400,000 illegal aliens, according to an agency fact sheet.

The largest bust came last month at a Colorado meat-packing plant, where agents picked up nearly 3,000 illegal immigrants.

Latinos in Concord said sweeps off Detroit Avenue in the past few weeks have put a chill on daily life.

Students at Meadow Homes Elementary School stayed home from class Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in record numbers, said Principal Toby Montez. About 106 children were absent Wednesday, twice the normal number, with 88 out the following day, he said.

Parents called in worried that their children would be snatched up on the way to school, he said.

"There was a lot of fear, a lot of anxiety," Montez said. "A lot of kids there were traumatized."

Luis, a 10-year-old from Concord who attends the school, said agents picked up seven people from his apartment building near the corner of Detroit Avenue and Laguna Street on Wednesday morning.

His mother, who asked that the family not be identified, said agents came between 6 and 7:30 a.m.

"They took one of our friends who lived with us," Luis said.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; ice; illegalaliens; immigrantlist; jackboots; lulac
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1 posted on 01/22/2007 1:02:02 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Meanwhile: Latino Patriots rejoice...
2 posted on 01/22/2007 1:03:42 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SmithL

LULAC should probably update their name by removing the "A" word.


3 posted on 01/22/2007 1:04:27 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: SmithL

and on average....12 more Americans died at the hands of illegal immigrants today.


4 posted on 01/22/2007 1:05:22 PM PST by Dreagon
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To: SmithL

Don't worry, Michael Chertoff and President Bush will apologize immediately.


5 posted on 01/22/2007 1:05:59 PM PST by sheana
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To: SmithL

6 posted on 01/22/2007 1:08:22 PM PST by Boston Blackie
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To: SmithL

Where is the League of Non-Latin United American Citizens when you need them?


7 posted on 01/22/2007 1:08:42 PM PST by poetknowit
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To: SmithL
Latinos in Concord said sweeps off Detroit Avenue in the past few weeks have put a chill on daily life.

Gee, I'd like to feel sorry for ya, but I just can't. Get the hell out of my country and go back to Mexico. We'll ALL be happy then!

8 posted on 01/22/2007 1:08:54 PM PST by NRA2BFree
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To: SmithL
too bad. So sad...


9 posted on 01/22/2007 1:10:35 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Texas_Jarhead
LULAC should probably update their name by removing the "A" word.

There was a time when LULAC actively opposed illegal immigration, as did Casar Chavez. That was in the days before La Raza Unida crawled out from under a rock, took over Crystal City, and the newly minted younger "Chicanos" started graduating from places like St. Mary's University to infilitrate and subvert mainstream Latino organizations.

10 posted on 01/22/2007 1:12:39 PM PST by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

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11 posted on 01/22/2007 1:32:27 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: SmithL

"They're supposed to be out working warrants," Okendo said. "They're not supposed to be making raids."


Someone please fill me in. Aren't those the same thing. When the cops here serve warrents, they go to your house and if you're home, they bust you.


12 posted on 01/22/2007 1:39:35 PM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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Parents called in worried that their children would be snatched up on the way to school, he said.

Illegal parents should have thought of that before they brought their children into their lives of crime.

13 posted on 01/22/2007 2:04:27 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: SmithL

"They're supposed to be out working warrants," Okendo said. "They're not supposed to be making raids."



ROTFLOL!


14 posted on 01/22/2007 2:23:04 PM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SmithL

viva la Migre!!!


15 posted on 01/22/2007 2:40:59 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: mtbopfuyn

Good. Criminals are supposed to be worried no matter how old they are.


16 posted on 01/22/2007 2:47:25 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody want a peanut.....)
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To: SmithL
"Latinos" upset? Naw, say it ain't so....

If this had same 'Americans' upset, I would have continued reading it. But anything which starts with the gripes of people who aren't Americans only merits so much of my attention.

17 posted on 01/22/2007 3:01:04 PM PST by bpjam (Never Give Up, Never Surrender (Unless James Baker gives you permission))
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To: gubamyster
Students at Meadow Homes Elementary School stayed home from class Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in record numbers

So if 106 is twice the usual number, then that's 53 x $7000/yr = $371,000 / yr that could be used educating the children of America instead of the children of Mexico if these folks and their kids were to head on home.

18 posted on 01/22/2007 3:17:29 PM PST by Regulator
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To: stevie_d_64
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19 posted on 01/22/2007 3:26:14 PM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: SmithL

bkmark


20 posted on 01/22/2007 3:59:44 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: SmithL

"'They took one of our friends who lived with us,' Luis said."

Isn't it illegal to aid illegals? Shouldn't that mean that they were...aw nevermind.


21 posted on 01/22/2007 4:17:42 PM PST by villagerjoel (Give me liberty, or give me death!)
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To: wolfcreek

Border Patrol regulations. Inside 150 miles of the border,agents are only allowed to hunt for previously convicted felons.

He's whining because they "broke the rules".


22 posted on 01/22/2007 9:56:26 PM PST by WTSand
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To: Rakkasan1

Any vehicle sporting that sticker in my neck of the woods would probably not make it 5 minutes...

Thats why I'd get a few anyway and stick them on a few democrats vehicles I know and love...

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Well, you get the idea...


23 posted on 01/23/2007 4:59:54 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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