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Sodus (NY) immigration raid sparks rumors (more whining from illegals)
Finger Lakes Times ^ | Friday, October 3, 2008 11:07 AM CDT | By JIM MILLER

Posted on 10/03/2008 10:42:20 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

SODUS — Federal agents allegedly held a 1-year-old child and several other people for at least six hours without offering them food or water after a Sunday immigration raid.

Two women who were held and released along with the children made the accusation Monday when interviewed by Peter Mares of Catholic Charities. But Mike Gilhooly, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said agents gave them food and bottled water within two-and-a-half hours of their arrest.

“I have been receiving rumors from a variety of people regarding the Sodus operation and some other operations that we conducted last week around New York,” Gilhooly said. “And I can tell you that in my experience in the past couple days … none of the information that seems to be coming to the media is correct.”

He characterized Sunday’s raid as a “targeted fugitive operation looking for a number of individuals.”

About 15 people were arrested during the early morning raid on the Sodus Mobile Home Park on Ridge Road, said John Ghertner of Migrant Support Services of Wayne County.

The two women Mares later spoke with were among them. He said they told him they did not ask for food or water while in custody but weren’t offered any, either.

“The ladies were traumatized at the time,” Mares said.

Gilhooly contradicted their account, saying his information came from a supervisor who was sitting in a room with the officer who ran the operation.

“Our officers take an oath to tell the truth,” he said. “These [illegal immigrants] are human beings. We treat them as such.”

Officers allowed the women to drive in their own cars to Oswego for processing and released them on their own recognizance instead of holding them and calling child welfare officers to take custody of the children, Gilhooly said.

“We really bent over backwards for these two mothers,” he said.

ICE agents were active in several locations in and around Sodus Sunday, but Gilhooly declined to say exactly where. They were looking for two people who had been deported and re-entered the country illegally, an illegal alien and two fugitives whom a judge had ordered deported, he said.

The five were arrested along with other illegal immigrants whom agents found “in close proximity” to them, Gilhooly said. Agents arrested 20 people in all.

Witnesses reported that 40 agents “basically assaulted” the mobile home park, flashing a woman’s picture and a piece of paper that may have been a warrant at residents’ doors, Ghertner said.

He and Mares object to the tactics they say agents used.

“They used coercion … by pounding on the doors, literally pounding on the windows,” Ghertner said. “There’s a report that one of [the agents] was wearing a stethoscope and got in that way.”

Ghertner said he learned of the raid about 7:30 a.m. and later drove to the Dollar General, where agents apparently staged it from. He described a parking lot full of unmarked cars and black-clad people with “Federal Agent” written on the backs of their clothes.

The agents took nine men, at least two women and four children into custody from the mobile home park, Ghertner said. The two women and the children were released around 1 p.m., and Gilhooly said a third woman was also released on humanitarian grounds because they were the sole providers for their children.

Ghertner had a slightly different view.

“It appears that the policy, because of so many instances of children being left home alone in the last two years … is that they are releasing one parent,” he said.

He accused the agents of violating the constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.

“I believe that despite the fact that our immigration laws are broken — and all sides of the issue accept this as a fact — I believe there is nothing to be gained by the American public by these raids,” he said. “All we’re doing is picking up people who work on farms and their families.”

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: New York

1 posted on 10/03/2008 10:42:21 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines



DON’T PASS GO, DON’T COLLECT ANOTHER $200, or more food stamps, or more free housing, or more free schooling, or more utilities support, or free medical care. Don’t drive junk cars unlicensed and uninsured on our roads. Don’t commit any more crimes - and don’t run back to Mexico to avoid just punishment. Stop making the “Most Wanted” hit parade in nearly every city. Stop using others’ identities.


2 posted on 10/03/2008 10:54:39 AM PDT by jimt
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

How many of them are registered voters?

3 posted on 10/03/2008 11:03:05 AM PDT by KingSnorky
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To: jimt


IMMEDIATELY !if not sooner
Agree 100%

4 posted on 10/03/2008 11:23:57 AM PDT by Vaduz (and just think how clean the cities would become again.)
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