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U.S. immigration cops nab 595 in largest-ever raid
Reuters ^ | 8/26/08

Posted on 08/26/2008 4:55:35 PM PDT by traviskicks

PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. immigration agents have arrested 595 people at a Mississippi factory in what was the largest workplace enforcement raid in the United States to date, an immigration official said on Tuesday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said federal agents arrested the workers in a raid at the Howard Industries Inc. factory in Laurel, Miss, on Monday,

"This is the largest targeted workplace enforcement operation we have carried out in the United States to date," Gonzalez told Reuters by telephone.

The swoop at the plant, which makes electrical equipment including transformers, was part of an ongoing investigation into identity theft and fraudulent use of Social Security and for illegal immigrants.

The nationalities of the detainees was not immediately available.

Gonzalez said 475 detainees were transferred to an ICE detention facility in Jena, Louisiana, while nine unaccompanied minors -- eight males and one female -- were placed in the custody of the office of refugee resettlement.

A further 106 people were released based on "humanitarian concerns," Gonzalez said.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: aliens; biggovernment; corrupttaxdodge; enforcement; identitytheft; illegalemployment; illegalimmigration; illegals; immigrantlist; immigration; lp; policestate; raid; shamnesty; sobstory
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Tax dollars at work, raiding productive American businesses, and disrupting communities and families. Movement towards a police state certainly won't fix the immigration problem.
1 posted on 08/26/2008 4:55:35 PM PDT by traviskicks
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To: bamahead

possible ping


2 posted on 08/26/2008 4:56:23 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: traviskicks

Ok...this is an easy one. Hooray!!!!!!!!!

JoMa


3 posted on 08/26/2008 4:56:43 PM PDT by joma89
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To: traviskicks

Darn, there goes my mystery contributor to my Social Security account.


4 posted on 08/26/2008 4:59:18 PM PDT by bukkdems (Jihad is a ruse that culls men, to smooth the way for Arab polygamy.)
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To: traviskicks

Police state? You’ve got to be kidding. The illegal alien laws have been ignored for DECADES. And, now they are beginning to enforce them in the most modest way and you charge a simple law enforcmenet as the actions of a Police State? Are you the attorney for the illegal aliens? Or a coyote?


5 posted on 08/26/2008 4:59:52 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: joma89

Howard Industries Inc. <-— These clowns are going to be out of business. Anyone want to buy a factory real cheap.


6 posted on 08/26/2008 5:00:43 PM PDT by Rodm (Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings)
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To: traviskicks

“Movement towards a police state certainly won’t fix the immigration problem.”

Don’t worry, it’s only a piecemeal action for Bush to pretend he cared about the law after his big embarassment.

Obama/McCain will let you keep your slaves.


7 posted on 08/26/2008 5:01:11 PM PDT by Shermy (Barry O'Java - Joe Blah '08 (Carbon Credits and Credit Card Fee Increases Guaranteed))
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To: WashingtonSource
This is basically my opinion:

Amnesty From Government
8 posted on 08/26/2008 5:03:32 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: Rodm

Looks like their web site is even down. Gee, I wonder why?

http://www.howard-ind.com/

Here is some contact information from www.ask.com:

Howard Industries, Inc. PO Box 1588 Laurel MS 39441
(601) 425-3151

JoMa


9 posted on 08/26/2008 5:08:05 PM PDT by joma89
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To: traviskicks
Tax dollars at work, raiding productive American businesses, and disrupting communities and families. Movement towards a police state certainly won't fix the immigration problem.

Unless there's a missing sarcasm tag here, I'd like to know what your stake is in promoting an illegal labor force.

Also, on the topic of disrupting communities, 500+ illegals is one hell of a large number for Laurel, Mississippi. Feel free to refute that, if you can.

10 posted on 08/26/2008 5:08:07 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: traviskicks
595 people at a Mississippi factory

Why do they go to these obscure factories, where these greedy red neck executive's hire low wage illegal labor?

Why don't they go into American cities where tens of millions of illegals are swarming unabated?

raiding productive American businesses, and disrupting communities and families. Movement towards a police state certainly won't fix the immigration problem.

Let me guess, you're pro open borders, pro lawlessness, and pro low wage illegal labor?

We not only need to go after the greedy traitorous employers and corporations, which is completely out of control, but we need to also force the Feds to to the job they have completely failed at.

Then strip all tax paid assistance, including medical aid to all illegals, nationwide.

We all keep babbling about this disaster, and eventually, you won't have a country left to be concerned with. This all calls for leadership. So America is probably in big trouble.

11 posted on 08/26/2008 5:09:17 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: traviskicks

Take down some slave masters....stick em in prison.


12 posted on 08/26/2008 5:09:55 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: joma89
Looks like their web site is even down.

It's back up now. If they had a "contact us" page with e-mail addresses and such, it's gone now.

Guess they weren't enjoying the tone of the correspondence they were receiving.

13 posted on 08/26/2008 5:11:37 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: traviskicks

Trouble is, we need a mechanism to weed out the illegals, as they should NOT be here or working, either one. I know there are serious issues with that, from a liberty perspective, but until we can dismantle the welfare state, we need to seal the borders AND hit employers of illegals hard enough to discourage them from being the employers of illegals. Then maybe the illegals will self deport. It’s not an easy situation, but it MUST be addressed in some way to close our borders and remove those who cannot be bothered to come into our house by the front door and play by the rules. It’s not so much a police state issue as one of enforcing house rules for guests, IMO.


14 posted on 08/26/2008 5:14:40 PM PDT by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: traviskicks
my favorite nuggets from the article:

Elizabeth Alegria, 26, a Mexican immigrant, was working at the plant Monday when ICE agents stormed in. When they found out she has two sons, ages 4 and 9, she was fitted with a bracelet and told to appear in federal court next month. Her husband, Andres, was not so lucky.

correction: ILLEGAL immigrant. they do not award lawful immigrants with bracelets and summons.

"We have kids without dads and pregnant mothers who got their husbands taken away," said Velez's son, Robert, youth pastor at the church. "It was like a horror story. They got handled like they were criminals."

funny thing. criminals sometimes do get handled like criminals.
15 posted on 08/26/2008 5:14:53 PM PDT by leakinInTheBlueSea
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To: traviskicks

These raids are already convincing some illegals to convert their status to “legal” in Mexico. We are getting some outflow that is increasing. American businesses should not be hiring illegals and displacing American workers. That’s like “outsourcing” without leaving the country.


16 posted on 08/26/2008 5:15:45 PM PDT by arthurus
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To: traviskicks

Damn! My nephew is in charge of ICE in Jena, La.! I guess he’s pretty busy right now.


17 posted on 08/26/2008 5:17:06 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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http://www.howardcomputers.com/about
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Company Overview:
In 1968, a young Billy W. Howard, Sr. left his successful career at General Electric to return to his native Mississippi and create his own company, Howard Industries. Over the next three decades and with the assistance of his wife, Linda, Howard Industries has grown to become a billion dollar company consisting of four separate divisions plus a wholly-owned subsidiary, Howard Transportation. While the Howards readily attribute their success to the hard work of their employees and their commitment to creating, supplying, and supporting superior products and services, you cannot overlook their inspiration — Billy W. Howard, Sr.


18 posted on 08/26/2008 5:20:02 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: traviskicks

LOL @ “police state.”

The rest of us call it enforcement of the law.


19 posted on 08/26/2008 5:20:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: Admin Moderator

why does a search not reveal this story using exact title?


20 posted on 08/26/2008 5:20:27 PM PDT by devane617 (It's the media, Stupid)
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To: traviskicks

Betcha a nickel these illegals were on welfare as well...and food stamps...and whatever else they could get their hands on.


21 posted on 08/26/2008 5:20:30 PM PDT by Roccus (People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient....then repent.)
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To: traviskicks

So your “solution” is to allow whoever can manage to sneak over, crawl under, or swim across the border and break NUMEROUS laws, including committing several felonies by presenting false documents go free while people who want to play by th rules have to wait for years for and immigration visa?


22 posted on 08/26/2008 5:21:18 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: traviskicks

“Tax dollars at work, raiding productive American businesses, and disrupting communities and families...”

To knowingly allow illegal aliens to live and work in a community, says what about the community and the knowlegeable law enforcement departments???


23 posted on 08/26/2008 5:22:09 PM PDT by elpadre (nation)
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To: traviskicks
Tax dollars at work, raiding productive American businesses, and disrupting communities and families.

Sniff...hand me a tissue. I see 595 cases of identity theft and fraud to be prosecuted. Nice "productive" business you got there.

24 posted on 08/26/2008 5:24:28 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: traviskicks

Taken to Jena? When is Sharpton going to be there for a protest against their treatment?


25 posted on 08/26/2008 5:25:37 PM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: devane617

My guess is it takes a few minutes or longer for the search indexes to update. If you have “Latest Articles” a quick glance will show some but not necessarily all of the recents.


26 posted on 08/26/2008 5:29:18 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: joma89

Website works fine now.


27 posted on 08/26/2008 5:37:38 PM PDT by politicalwit (AKA... A Tradition Continues...Now a Hoosier Freeper)
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To: traviskicks

This is very good news!! That large of a number equates to a heck of a lot of American jobs. I’m sure the unemployed in the local community will be happy they are gone. Just think about all the gas that will be saved from them not driving around any more; all of the ‘free services’ that MS taxpayers won’t have to pay any longer. Fantastic job, ICE!


28 posted on 08/26/2008 5:39:23 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (A TAXPAYER VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA IS LIKE A CHICKEN VOTING FOR COLONEL SANDERS!)
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To: traviskicks

595 illegals is about 15 minutes of cross border illegal entrants.

In the time it took the ICE PR flacks to write the press release, more illegals entered the country than were apprehended in this raid.


29 posted on 08/26/2008 5:40:37 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: traviskicks

Another reason this country needs a guest worker program. What a terrible waste of resources for everyone involved.


30 posted on 08/26/2008 5:42:11 PM PDT by Fishing-guy
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To: Charles Martel
FYI:

Barnes, Bruce
bbarns@HOWARD-IND.COM
Howard Industries, Inc
3225 Pendorf Road
Laurel, MS 39440
US
601.422.1463

31 posted on 08/26/2008 5:43:10 PM PDT by politicalwit (AKA... A Tradition Continues...Now a Hoosier Freeper)
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Another reason this country needs a guest worker program.

We've had guest worker programs for all of my 44 years.
32 posted on 08/26/2008 5:45:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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Another reason this country needs a guest worker program.

There's already at least seven of them, and each one with a history of fraud and abuse, most notably the H-1bs that have been used to displace Americans from high-paying jobs for years. I can see the same thing happening with a new one that allows all the illegals to stay. Not only will wages shrink but middle class Americans will be shoved out left and right to make room for the more compliant labor.

34 posted on 08/26/2008 5:48:32 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Reaganwuzthebest

Guest workers will never be as cheap as illegal workers. More guest workers is nothing more than an incentive to import more cheaper illegals.


35 posted on 08/26/2008 5:51:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: traviskicks
>>Gonzalez said 475 detainees were transferred to an ICE detention facility in Jena, Louisiana, while nine unaccompanied minors -- eight males and one female -- were placed in the custody of the office of refugee resettlement.

So, not only is this company hiring illegals, they would seem to be in violation of child labor laws too.

36 posted on 08/26/2008 5:59:09 PM PDT by vikingd00d (chown -R us ./base)
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To: cripplecreek
We see that happening now with the H-2A program. Legally farmers can bring in all the workers they need but they still prefer the illegals because they're cheaper and the taxpayer covers all the costs.

The answer to me seems so simple: just enforce the law to keep the system legitimate but even the slightest enforcement and we get nothing but whining about breaking up families etc. And no matter who wins it's not going to get any better.

37 posted on 08/26/2008 6:00:04 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: vikingd00d

This being Laurel, MS, means that these illegals are displacing African American workers in one of the poorest states in America.


38 posted on 08/26/2008 6:12:23 PM PDT by WVNan
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"Damn! My nephew is in charge of ICE in Jena, La.! I guess he’s pretty busy right now."

A big "thank you" to your nephew for his service to our country!!

sw

39 posted on 08/26/2008 6:16:25 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (Is He the one?)
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To: traviskicks; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ...


Libertarian ping! To be added or removed freepmail me or post a message here.
40 posted on 08/26/2008 6:17:20 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: traviskicks

600 illegals in one place. Must have been a paperwork screw-up in HR.

Toss them and the employer in prison.


41 posted on 08/26/2008 6:19:33 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (A kid at McDonalds has more real-world work experience than Barack Hussein.)
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To: traviskicks

Good for ICE. But if the borders were secure the illegals wouldn’t have been here for them to hire.

SECURE THE BORDERS AND STOP THE INVASION!!!!


42 posted on 08/26/2008 6:20:08 PM PDT by AZ .44 MAG (Do I waste my time explaining? He had such trouble with my name.)
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To: WKB; wardaddy; Downsouth55; Islander7; Michael Knight; ejonesie22; bkwells; DogwoodSouth; ...

Updated story for MS Ping.

595 illegals instead of 350ish.


43 posted on 08/26/2008 6:25:19 PM PDT by petitfour
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“...Why do they go to these obscure factories, where these greedy red neck executive’s hire low wage illegal labor?...”

Mr. Howard is Yankee who moved to Laurel in the late 60s. He started that company with a bond issue from the county and state. I once worked there.


44 posted on 08/26/2008 6:51:50 PM PDT by Islander7 ("Common sense and common decency are uncommon virtues among America's left.")
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To: traviskicks
This is basically my opinion:

Amnesty From Government

That's just a bunch of pro-illegals nonsense masquerading as a freedom from oppressive government rant.

Freepers are to be among the wiser, not the more gullible.

Wise up.

45 posted on 08/26/2008 6:51:50 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (OVERPRODUCTION......... one of the top five worries for American farmers.)
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To: Islander7

You seem to be suggesting there are no southerner sell out traitors that hire illegal aliens for profits, regardless of consequences. If not, why is it that the bottom half, in addition to the top half of this country is swarming with illegal aliens?


46 posted on 08/26/2008 6:55:41 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

“...You seem to be suggesting there are no southerner sell out traitors that hire illegal aliens for profits, regardless of consequences. If not, why is it that the bottom half, in addition to the top half of this country is swarming with illegal aliens?...”

I resent the automatic characterization of Southerners as red necks. Not all are, though you seem think so.


47 posted on 08/26/2008 6:57:54 PM PDT by Islander7 ("Common sense and common decency are uncommon virtues among America's left.")
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To: Islander7

We’ve got more than our fair share of illegals here in Michigan and they ain’t coming from Canada. The problem is “businessmen” who conduct business like crack dealers.


48 posted on 08/26/2008 7:01:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: Islander7

Actually I don’t. I have zip problems with southerners that don’t hire illegal aliens.


49 posted on 08/26/2008 7:04:22 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Islander7

To be sure, so you understand, I only used the term red neck to describe some AH that would hire illegals. Again, I consider southerners to be good Americans, and I have no problem with any of my southern brothers that refuse to perpetuate this violent illegal invasion for profits, regardless of consequences.


50 posted on 08/26/2008 7:11:31 PM PDT by dragnet2
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