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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: Immigration raids at 11 El Balazo restaurants - 63 seized
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/3/8 | Heather Knight

Posted on 05/03/2008 9:00:07 AM PDT by SmithL

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Friday stormed 11 El Balazo restaurants around the Bay Area, arresting 63 illegal immigrants - and drawing the outrage of immigration advocates who had marched the previous day to call for the legalization of undocumented workers.

The raids began at 10:30 Friday morning in San Francisco, San Ramon, Lafayette, Concord, Pleasanton and Danville and involved 62 people from Mexico and one from Guatemala.

Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for the immigration agency, called the arrests "a targeted enforcement action" that is part of a continuing criminal investigation she couldn't discuss further.

Immigration officials photographed, fingerprinted and interviewed all of those arrested. Ten women and one man were quickly released on humanitarian grounds, including pregnancy and medical concerns, pending future immigration proceedings, Kice said.

The rest were being processed, and the majority of them were expected to be released under supervision. Some of the illegal immigrants had prior criminal convictions or deportation orders and will be detained.

Evelyn Sanchez, advocacy coordinator for the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, was trying to connect with the workers as they were released to ensure they knew their rights and were treated fairly.

She said the immigration agents got search warrants for the El Balazo restaurants, ordered the doors be shut and interrogated the employees inside.

"It was a gross violation of civil rights, and it's just unfortunate that this happened the day after May Day when literally thousands of immigrants throughout the Bay Area marched to have this type of activity stopped," she said. "It just goes to show we need new immigration laws."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; crimaliens; elbalazo; enforcement; fightingback; ice; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; immigration
"It just goes to show we need new immigration laws."
It goes to show we should enforce our immigration laws.
1 posted on 05/03/2008 9:00:10 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Why release anyone? They are law-breakers and deserve to be deported asap.


2 posted on 05/03/2008 9:02:42 AM PDT by devane617 (Rush Limbaugh is stuck on STUPID. Are you too?)
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To: SmithL

They should arrest this Evelyn Sanchez advocacy coordinator, for conspiracy to violate federal immigration law while they’re at it.


3 posted on 05/03/2008 9:03:45 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SmithL

“”It was a gross violation of civil rights, and it’s just unfortunate that this happened the day after May Day when literally thousands of immigrants throughout the Bay Area marched to have this type of activity stopped,””

The irony is just too delicious!


4 posted on 05/03/2008 9:04:50 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: SmithL
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: Immigration raids at 11 El Balazo restaurants - 63 seized

There are actually 11 restaurants in the U.S. named The Gunshot?

And citizens aren't allowed to have vanity plates that are deemed politically incorrect?

WTF?

5 posted on 05/03/2008 9:05:38 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: SmithL
63 seized

Oh, The Humanity!

6 posted on 05/03/2008 9:06:21 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: SmithL; AuntB; Czar; calcowgirl; kellynla; Tennessee Nana; pissant; KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
...." this happened the day after May Day when literally thousands of immigrants throughout the Bay Area marched to have this type of activity stopped," immigrant advocate Evelyn Sanchez said.......

That's the part we Americans love best.

BTW, Sanchez, let's see your papers.

7 posted on 05/03/2008 9:07:20 AM PDT by Liz (Without the brave, there'd be no land of the free. Senator Fred Thompson)
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To: devane617

“Why release anyone? They are law-breakers and deserve to be deported asap.”

Especially the pregnant ones! Get them out of here.


8 posted on 05/03/2008 9:08:51 AM PDT by AuntB (Vote Obama! Because it's hard to blame 'the man' when you are the 'man')
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To: SmithL
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Friday stormed 11 El Balazo restaurants around the Bay Area, arresting 63 illegal immigrants - and drawing the outrage of immigration advocates who had marched the previous day to call for the legalization of undocumented workers.

Oh snap.

We should rent barges to use as prisons to house illegals.

9 posted on 05/03/2008 9:09:09 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Ted Kennedy - Codename -> "Bobber")
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To: All

THIS JUST IN -— A US crackdown is causing the longest and most significant drop in illegal migration from Mexico since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Officials say the U.S. economic downturn, tighter security and a more perilous and expensive journey are persuading many who try to sneak into the US to give up sooner.

Border Patrol arrests are down 17 percent so far this year along the US-Mexico border after falling 20 percent all of last fiscal year and 8 percent the year before that.

While it’s impossible to know how many people are crossing illegally, the Patrol uses apprehensions to estimate the ebb and flow of traffic.

Migrant smugglers have to hunt for business at border-town shelters. Many deported migrants give up after one try, taking their government up on free bus rides home.


10 posted on 05/03/2008 9:09:33 AM PDT by Liz (Without the brave, there'd be no land of the free. Senator Fred Thompson)
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I gotta admit...El Balazo has some great food!


11 posted on 05/03/2008 9:09:42 AM PDT by OCMike
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To: ConservaTexan

Ten women were released.. medical reasons and pregnancy, please....more anchor babies are needed for San Fran..and the tax payers needs to pay for the birthing of these anchor babies, plus support them till they are 18


12 posted on 05/03/2008 9:11:58 AM PDT by JoanneSD (illegals represented without taxation.. Americans taxed without representation)
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To: Kolokotronis

It is best to toss them out before November. We all know how the illegals will vote


13 posted on 05/03/2008 9:12:42 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: rrrod

Organized coyote ping.


14 posted on 05/03/2008 9:13:54 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Carbon is the fifth most abundant element on the planet.)
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To: JoanneSD
...plus support them till they are 18.

That is the plan. The dems can't wait until the anchor babies are old enough to vote.

15 posted on 05/03/2008 9:14:52 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: oldironsides

“We all know how the illegals will vote.”

For Juan McCain?


16 posted on 05/03/2008 9:15:20 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: SpaceBar
They should arrest this Evelyn Sanchez advocacy coordinator, for conspiracy to violate federal immigration law while they’re at it.

No question.

Claims she's an "immigrant advocate."

Means she's probably colluding with foreign governments to bilk the US government for fraudulent benefits, and is providing forged documents and stolen IS'd and SS nos to invaders.

Her "organization" is probably funded by foreign governments who are profiting off the $50 Billion the invaders wire back home (proceeds from drug sales and bilklng the US govt).

Kick her out.

17 posted on 05/03/2008 9:15:37 AM PDT by Liz (Without the brave, there'd be no land of the free. Senator Fred Thompson)
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To: AuntB
"Especially the pregnant ones! Get them out of here."

You just posed an interesting question...Since most right-to-lifers believe life begins at conception, should we then say citizenship begins at conception? Could one argue that she was impregnated inside the USA and therefore her child is a citizen? Hmmm...

18 posted on 05/03/2008 9:24:20 AM PDT by devane617 (Rush Limbaugh is stuck on STUPID. Are you too?)
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To: SmithL

Effective enforcement of any law is cheaper than passing a new law! Good response by INS on this one. Keep it up.


19 posted on 05/03/2008 9:53:48 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: devane617

Life begins at conception. Citizenship, according to the Constitution, begins at birth.


20 posted on 05/03/2008 9:58:28 AM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: unlearner
"Life begins at conception. Citizenship, according to the Constitution, begins at birth."

So, the unborn have no rights according to our Constitution...Interesting.

21 posted on 05/03/2008 10:03:23 AM PDT by devane617 (Rush Limbaugh is stuck on STUPID. Are you too?)
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To: SmithL

That’s the ticket. Advertise for Illegal Invaders and then invite ICE.


22 posted on 05/03/2008 10:04:20 AM PDT by Haddit (A Hunter Conservative)
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To: SmithL

bump


23 posted on 05/03/2008 10:05:24 AM PDT by VOA
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To: SmithL

Go to the article and read the postings of the readers. There seems to a lot of people at agree with the ICE action and some of their comments are right on.


24 posted on 05/03/2008 10:06:25 AM PDT by engrpat
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To: SmithL

The guy from Guatemala probably told his boss he was Mexican. The nerve of these Guatemalans.


25 posted on 05/03/2008 10:10:04 AM PDT by Haddit (A Hunter Conservative)
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To: SmithL

I always like to read the Readers Comments. All across the country people are fed up with this Invasion and are pro enforcement. If our policies were decided by reader responses, politicians would be hanging in the wind.

Leads me to wonder who is voting and why has not the news media figured it out yet.


26 posted on 05/03/2008 10:21:30 AM PDT by Haddit (A Hunter Conservative)
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To: SmithL

Election year posturing and pandering. It only pisses both sides off. Next year it will be business as usual - with even MORE illegals.


27 posted on 05/03/2008 10:39:25 AM PDT by LiberConservative ("Typical" White Guy)
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To: SmithL
"It was a gross violation of civil rights

Whose civil rights were violated? Illegals have no civil rights.

28 posted on 05/03/2008 10:51:26 AM PDT by taxesareforever (We'll never forget Matt Maupin and his service to our country.)
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To: SmithL

“The rest were being processed, and the majority of them were expected to be released under supervision”

Catch and release is still the Bush policy, apparently, despite Chertoff’s claims.


29 posted on 05/03/2008 11:03:50 AM PDT by Shermy (Nightmares From My Pastor, A Story of Race and Insanity)
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To: SmithL

We need to have the same immigration laws that Mexico does, and we need to enforce them with the same vigor that Mexico does. Of course, that would be a “civil rights violation”.


30 posted on 05/03/2008 11:10:31 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.)
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To: SmithL
I am incensed that ICE failed to contain ALL of the protestors at the various May Day Rallies throughout the USofA, question each of them for documentation or citizenship papers, arrest those who had no papers, take their DNA, and then transport them over the Mexican border to Mexico City and deliver them to Mexican President Felipe De Jesus CALDERON Hinojosa without delay.
31 posted on 05/03/2008 11:14:06 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (http://auntiecoosa.blogspot.com -- read, learn, blog, or get out of my way.)
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To: Liz
Sixty-three more McCain votes -- poof! -- GONE! Just like that! ;)
32 posted on 05/03/2008 11:58:13 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (If McCain really CAN "win without conservatives," then why do you care if I vote for him or not?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

BUMP!


33 posted on 05/03/2008 12:04:37 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Nah----McC still has the names of their various identities and the several precincts where they each registered to vote.

Those 63 magically mushroom into some 300 votes when ringers are bussed in on election day (with lists of fakes names under which to vote).

34 posted on 05/03/2008 12:23:47 PM PDT by Liz (Without the brave, there'd be no land of the free. Senator Fred Thompson)
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To: Liz
On a related note: if you haven't seen this picture yet, over at Michelle's place... you just gotta, is all. ;)
35 posted on 05/03/2008 12:29:21 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (If McCain really CAN "win without conservatives," then why do you care if I vote for him or not?)
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To: Liz

Bad reporting...

NO immigrants marched ...

just a few illegal aliens rioted brazenly on our streets..


36 posted on 05/03/2008 1:09:45 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: devane617
"So, the unborn have no rights according to our Constitution...Interesting."

Not so interesting as the absence of logic by which you infer your statement from mine.

Amendment 14 - Citizenship Rights:

1. ALL PERSONS BORN or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are CITIZENS of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive ANY PERSON of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to ANY PERSON within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


The sentiment is shared in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

There are rights and privileges for citizens - such as voting - which do not belong to other PERSONS, such as legal resident aliens, and illegal aliens. However, all PERSONS have certain inalienable rights. So a person cannot steal from or kill an illegal alien without violating the same laws that protect citizens. They are also, under our Constitution, guaranteed the right to due process for any crimes for which they are accused.

As I said before. Unborn children are not yet CITIZENS, but they are PERSONS.

This is a very reasonable distinction. At the time of the Constitution being written, the sex of the child was unknown until birth. Names were given at birth. Birth certificates were, and still are, important legal documents. This custom predates this nation and is ongoing.

Legalized abortion is clearly unconstitutional due to the fact that the unborn are being deprived of life without due process.

So, contrary to your convoluted reasoning, the unborn do have rights.
37 posted on 05/03/2008 2:56:26 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: unlearner
"absence of logic by which you infer your statement from mine."

When you can grow up enough to stop with the cheap I will read further.

38 posted on 05/03/2008 3:32:19 PM PDT by devane617 (Rush Limbaugh is stuck on STUPID. Are you too?)
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To: ConservaTexan
The dems can't wait until the anchor babies are old enough to vote.

What the heck? Are they discriminating on the basis of age?

Let the anchor babies vote! Now!!

/sarc

39 posted on 05/03/2008 4:25:51 PM PDT by Ole Okie (Who are you going to believe anyway, Gore or your lyin' eyes?)
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To: milford421; PGalt

Ping.


40 posted on 05/04/2008 1:46:27 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=451 SURVIVAL, RECIPES, GARDENS, & INFO)
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To: SmithL

I think I need to start an anti-coyote service, where Americans pay me to transport illegals out of the country. Hmmmm, ka-ching!


41 posted on 05/04/2008 1:58:29 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (This election is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if McCain wins, we’re still retarded.)
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To: Kolokotronis

For whatever party workers hands them the registration card and shows them how to fill it out. Lorretta Sanchez could probably help you with an answer.


42 posted on 05/04/2008 6:13:32 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: oldironsides

“Lorretta Sanchez could probably help you with an answer.”

I’ll bet she could, ois! But, alas, California is the last place on earth I plan on being anytime soon! I’ve too much to do dealing with the Somali Mohammedan “immigrants” or “refugees” we’ve had jammed down our throats around here. Maybe Ms. Sanchez would trade a few illegal Mexicans for an equal number of welfare bum Mohammedans with four “wives” and 20 kids. I’m sure we could arrange that and they’re already registered as Ds. :)


43 posted on 05/04/2008 6:21:09 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: devane617

“When you can grow up enough to stop with the cheap I will read further.”

To read further would imply you read earlier, which is doubtful.

My comment is not a cheap insult, but rather what is deserved by someone who sets up a ridiculous straw man attack without either listening to what someone else says or thinking through their own comments.

Your admission not to even read serves to confirm what I already said.

Try listening before you respond, and thinking before you speak. Then you will not need to endure such criticism.


44 posted on 05/05/2008 11:01:17 AM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: unlearner

You are correct. Thanks for the reply.


45 posted on 05/05/2008 2:11:16 PM PDT by devane617
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To: SmithL
Ten women and one man were quickly released on humanitarian grounds, including pregnancy and medical concerns

Want TB with that burger? A tapeworm? Maybe some leprosy?

46 posted on 05/06/2008 10:38:40 AM PDT by ladyjane
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