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[CHRI] INB 9/9/07: Detainees on Hunger Strike, More Raids
Immigration News Briefs
Vol. 10, No. 22 – September 9, 2007
1. AZ: Detainees on Hunger Strike
2. Nebraska: Lawncare Company Raided
3. Arrest Protested in Hartford
4. Florida: 195 Picked Up in Raids
5. "Anti-Gang" Raids in Boston Area
6. "Anti-Gang" Raids: Chicago, North Carolina, Oklahoma
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*1. AZ: DETAINEES ON HUNGER STRIKE
According to information confirmed by Raha Jorjani of the School of Law
Clinical Programs at University of California, Davis, at least 30
immigration detainees have been refusing some or all meals at Pinal County
Jail in Florence, Arizona. The hunger strikers are among some 60 detained
immigrants who were transferred on or around Sept. 5 from the Florence
Service Processing Center to the county jail, which has a new contract
with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide bed space for
immigration detainees.
The detainees say they were promised they wouldn’t lose any rights or
privileges in the transfer. But they were woken up in the early hours of
the morning to be moved out of the Florence Service Processing Center and
many were not allowed to gather their personal property, including legal
documents relating to their cases. Since they arrived at the county jail
they have apparently been on 23-hour lockdown in 2-person cells, and there
is no outdoor recreation area. There have also been very serious
complaints about food and water quality. In addition, Pinal County Jail
only allows family visitation to take place through video conferencing; no
contact visits are allowed. Some of the transferred detainees who are
facing imminent removal had planned for what they expected to be their
final contact visits with family before being deported. Now they will be
unable to see their families. (Email message from Raha Jorjani, University
of California, Davis School of Law Clinical Programs 9/7/07)
*2. NEBRASKA: LAWNCARE COMPANY RAIDED
On Sept. 6, ICE agents arrested 19 people who work for Cloudburst Lawn and
Sprinkler in Grand Island, Nebraska. ICE spokesperson Tim Counts said all
19 people were arrested on "administrative immigrations violations."
Counts said those arrested were being processed in Grand Island and would
be detained in the Phelps County Jail. He said preliminary indications are
that 11 of the people arrested are from Mexico, six are from El Salvador
and two are from Guatemala. (Grand Island Independent 9/7/07)
According to Counts, ICE agents had gone to Cloudburst intending to arrest
company owner David L. Wortman, but Wortman wasn’t there, and the search
warrant gave the agents the right to question and arrest unauthorized
workers who were present. On the afternoon of Sept. 7, a criminal
complaint dated Sept. 4 was unsealed in US District Court in Nebraska
accusing Wortman of knowingly hiring unauthorized immigrants and paying
them in cash. Wortman turned himself in and was arraigned on Sept. 7 but
did not enter a plea, US attorney Joe Stecher said. A preliminary hearing
was set for Sept. 20. (AP 9/7/07)
The last major ICE raid in Grand Island was in December 2006, when 261
workers were arrested at the Swift plant there. Only one of the 261
workers faced criminal charges. ICE arrested four more Swift employees in
Grand Island this past July. (Grand Island Independent 9/7/07)
*3. ARREST PROTESTED IN HARTFORD
On Aug. 24, 140 people rallied outside the immigration court in Hartford,
Connecticut to demand the release of Said Zaim-Sassi, a Moroccan-born
resident of Wallingford, Connecticut. Marchers wore T-shirts that said
"Keep Families Together" and held up signs that called for a stop to
immigration raids. Zaim-Sassi has been living in the US for 20 years; he
worked for Metro-North, volunteered to help other immigrants and played
soccer. His wife, Souhair Zaim-Sassi, is a Morocco-born US citizen; the
couple has three US-born children, ages two, four and seven.
Said Zaim-Sassi had been seeking to remain legally in the US, but had lost
a final round in court this past January. Immigration officials have
alleged in court documents that his first marriage was a sham marriage to
obtain citizenship.
After losing his final appeal in January, Said Zaim-Sassi told immigration
he would surrender whenever they required it. Instead, immigration agents
came to his home at 5:45am and arrested him in front of his family. "It
was so horrible," recounted Souhair Zaim-Sassi. "I thought they were
burglars. They came pounding on the door and said, ‘Open the door or we
will break the door down.’ They were screaming and using profanities. They
stripped the blankets off the beds."
"My sister asked for a warrant. They flashed her a piece of paper but
wouldn’t let her look at it. There was no need for them to do it this way.
They took him away like an animal in front of his children," Souhair
Zaim-Sassi said. (New Haven Register 8/25/07; WTNH News Channel 8 8/31/07)
Paula Grenier, ICE’s spokesperson for New England, claimed otherwise: "We
were granted consent to enter and when we got there the family was evasive
as to his whereabouts. We found him hiding," she said. Souhair Zaim-Sassi
rejected that statement: "He was in my bedroom asleep," she explained.
According to Grenier, Said Zaim-Sassi is currently at a detention center
in Rhode Island and will be transported back to Morocco under the court’s
decision.
Egyptian-born Khalil Iskarous of New Haven helped organize the
demonstration. "I think the main reason for the recent (immigrant) arrests
has been because immigrants are working together for immigrants’ rights,
but we are not going to be silent any longer." Iskarous said people who
fear immigrant labor will drive down wages do not realize that better
protections and wages for immigrants will raise wages for everyone. "When
we’ve had amnesty, everybody’s wages go up," he said.  (New Haven Register
8/25/07)
On Aug. 31 protesters again marched in Hartford to demand freedom for Said
Zaim-Sassi, and pressed Senator Joe Leiberman to intervene. Lieberman
agreed to look into the case, but he raised concern about the alleged
marriage fraud. "The question is whether within the law there’s any
element for mercy here," said Leiberman, "or if immigration service feels
he committed a fraud… if they have to punish him to make a point." (WTNH
News Channel 8 8/31/07)
*4. FLORIDA: 195 PICKED UP IN RAIDS
ICE announced on Aug. 29 that it had arrested 195 immigrants over the
previous two weeks in the areas of Miami, Tampa and Orlando, Florida.
According to ICE, "dozens" of those picked up in the sweep had criminal
records, and 115 had failed to comply with deportation orders; the others
were presumably merely out of status. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel 8/31/07)
*5. "ANTI-GANG" RAIDS IN BOSTON AREA
On Aug. 28, 29 and 30, ICE agents swept through the greater Boston area,
arresting 36 immigrants the agency claims are members or associates of the
MS-13 street gang. ICE said the raids were part of ICE’s national
anti-gang initiative, Operation Community Shield, launched in 2005. Most
of the arrests were made in Chelsea, East Boston, Everett, Lynn, Revere
and Somerville. Those arrested come from El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala,
Honduras and Nicaragua.
The Boston Globe cited Matthew Etre, deputy special agent in charge of ICE
investigations in Boston, saying that 20 of the 36 immigrants arrested had
criminal convictions, and another 14 were facing criminal charges or
outstanding warrants. But ICE’s own news release reported that of the 36
arrested, 27 had merely entered the US without inspection, four were
lawful permanent residents with criminal convictions that make them
subject to removal, two had re-entered the US after having been deported,
two had final orders of removal from an immigration judge, and one was
arrested on a state warrant. Etre said none of the detainees were charged
criminally in connection with the raids. Two of those detained on civil
immigration violations were minors who were released to their parents’
custody. (ICE News Release 8/31/07; Boston Globe 9/1/07)
According to Etre, local authorities often partner with ICE to use the
immigration status of alleged gang members as a way to get them out of the
country. "When ICE gets involved, we’re using our immigration and customs
authorities to make an impact where maybe local law enforcement can’t,"
Etre said. (BG 9/1/07)
In addition to the 36 people arrested in this operation, ICE said 23 other
"gang members and associates" have been arrested by law enforcement
agencies in conjunction with ICE since the beginning of August in the
Boston area. ICE was assisted in the operation by the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the US Attorney’s Office, the Middlesex
County Sheriff’s Department, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department,
Boston Police Department, Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Police,
Massachusetts State Police and the police departments of Chelsea, Everett,
Lynn, Revere and Somerville. (ICE News Release 8/31/07)
*6. "ANTI-GANG" RAIDS: CHICAGO, NORTH CAROLINA, OKLAHOMA
  From Aug. 26 to 29, ICE agents arrested 58 Mexican men in Chicago’s
northern and northwest suburbs. According to ICE, those arrested have ties
to "violent street gangs such as the Latin Kings, Sureno-13s, and the
Latin Lovers, among others." Of the 58 people arrested, 37 are
out-of-status immigrants and 21 are US permanent residents whose criminal
convictions make them eligible for deportation. Six of those arrested had
active warrants for their arrest and will be turned over to local
authorities to face criminal charges. After those charges are resolved,
they will be transferred back to ICE for deportation. Three of those
arrested are being presented to the US Attorney’s Office for federal
prosecution for re-entering the US after having already been deported,
which is a felony. The US Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force, Lake
County Sheriff’s Department, and the Waukegan and Mundelein police
departments assisted ICE in the raids. (ICE News Release 8/30/07)
In the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 7, ICE agents and officers from the
Alamance County Sheriff’s Office raided homes in the towns of Burlington
and Graham and in rural areas of Alamance County, North Carolina,
arresting at least 19 suspected members of Sureno 13 and other gangs.
Officers had expected to arrest only 11 people, but at least seven more
suspects turned up at homes in Burlington, according to sheriff’s
spokesperson Randy Jones. Three other people were arrested during the
operation who had nothing to do with suspected gang activity, said Jones.
No charges have been filed against any of those arrested.
The operation was spearheaded by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office,
with support from North Carolina Probation and Parole and the Gibsonville
Police Department. Sheriff Terry Johnson said all those arrested are
Latinos, but he insisted that the arrests were focused on reducing gang
activity, not targeting those present in the US without authorization.
About six months ago, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office took on the
287(g) program, a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security
that trains and authorizes local law officers to enforce federal
immigration law. Before the latest arrests, the sheriff’s Alamance County
Gang Unit had processed 21 other alleged gang members for deportation.
(News 14 Carolina (Raleigh) 9/7/07; Burlington Times News 9/7/07)
  From Aug. 27 to Sept. 2, ICE agents acting in partnership with other
federal and local law enforcement agencies arrested 65 people in a sweep
targeting members of street gangs in the Oklahoma City area. Those
arrested were from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Iraq and Mexico.
Three US citizens were arrested by local law enforcement agencies during
the operation. ICE described 42 of those arrested as "known members of
local street gangs"; 15 of those arrested had active warrants or were
arrested on state charges. Some cases are being presented to the US
Attorney’s Office for federal prosecution for re-entering the US after
having already been deported. Three immigrants with no previous criminal
convictions who were picked up in the sweep were voluntarily returned to
Mexico. Agencies participating in the operation included the US Attorney’s
Office, Western District of Oklahoma; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);
Oklahoma Highway Patrol; Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office; Oklahoma City
Police Department; and Oklahoma Department of Corrections. (ICE News
Release 9/4/07)
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[CHRI] SUN 9/9: Monmouth Cty Jail Vigil; 9/13-27: Dialogue Events
1) SUN 9/9: Vigil for immigration detainees at Monmouth Cty (NJ) Jail
2) The Politics of Immigration: website, blog, upcoming dialogue events
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1) SUN 9/9: Vigil for immigration detainees at Monmouth Cty (NJ) Jail
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 18:52:16 EDT
From: SIUHIN@aol.com
Subject: 9/9 Freehold, NJ: Vigil prayer for imm. detainees in front of
 Monmouth
Co. Jail
LIFTING OUR LAMPS
Vigil prayer for immigration detainees  in front of Monmouth County Jail
SUNDAY, September 9th, 2007 Time:  2:30  PM
MEET at the Monmouth County Jail, 1 Waterworks Rd Freehold, NJ 07728 (For
specific driving directions, call Ed Martone at 1888 888 6522 X 22)
FOR THE PRAYER VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANTS DETAINED AT THE MONMOUTH
 COUNTY
CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
– Religious leaders and community members are coming together to express
concerns about detention conditions of immigrants at Monmouth County
Correctional Institution and in New Jersey County Jails that hold
 immigrants.
– We will be calling for a "community accountability board" as a mechanism
 to
provide meaningful oversight that is needed for safe and humane conditions
 in
New Jersey immigration detention facilities.
For more information call:
Rev. Bruce Davidson: 609 396  4071
Alix Nguefack: 973 643 1924
Sponsored by the Interfaith Coalition for the Rights of Immigration
 Detainees
and their Families in partnership with American Friends Service Committee,
 New
Jersey Association on Correction, Interfaith Refugee Action Team-
 Elizabeth,
Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry in New Jersey, Hispanic
 Development
Corporation, New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, Casa Freehold, Wind of
 the
Spirit, Prison Ministries for the Catholic Diocese of Trenton
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2) The Politics of Immigration: website, blog, upcoming dialogue events
Hi everyone,
Our book, The Politics of Immigration: Questions & Answers, has been out
 for
well over a month on Monthly Review Press. You can find it at most
 independent
and chain bookstores around the country, as well as internet booksellers
 like
Amazon and Powell’s Books (for Powell’s, if you enter the site through
http://powellsunion.com 10% of your purchase goes directly to the
 workers).
Activists, organizers and grassroots educators who want to order the book
 in
bulk can get it at a special discount; contact Monthly Review directly at
bookorder@monthlyreview.org or 212-691-2555 for details.
The official website for our book, The Politics of Immigration: Questions
 &
Answers, is now up and running at http://thepoliticsofimmigration.org
The website includes a chronology of US immigration laws (which was left
 out of
the printed book for lack of space), and updated resource lists with
 links,
among other information. (And the acknowledgments, which were
 unfortunately
left out of the book by mistake.)
We also have a blog at http://thepoliticsofimmigration.blogspot.com where
 we
post information about upcoming book events, as well as articles and
announcements we think you might want to know about. And if you’re on
 myspace,
please friend us at http://myspace.com/thepoliticsofimmigration.
We’d love to hear your impressions and feedback on the book, the website
 and
the blog. You can contact us directly at
 thepoliticsofimmigration@gmail.com. We
also encourage you to post reader reviews of the book on Amazon and other
bookseller websites.
We have several dialogue events coming up in the NYC area in September.
 Details
are on our blog at
http://thepoliticsofimmigration.blogspot.com/2007/09/upcoming-dialogues-on-immigration.html
We hope to soon post a description of the dialogue format on the website
 so
people can get a better sense of what to expect. But the basic idea is a
participatory format where we work together to address anti-immigrant
 arguments
and concerns or questions about immigration, making use of the knowledge
 and
experience of all the participants. (And yes, we’ll have copies of the
 book
available for those who want to buy it.)
We are eager to facilitate more dialogue events in the NYC area, south to
 DC
and north to Boston, so please get in touch if you’re interested. We’re
 also
planning some trips soon. Jane will be in the Midwest in early October:
 Chicago
& its suburbs; possibly Madison and/or Milwaukee; Champaign-Urbana; St.
 Louis;
Terre Haute & Bloomington (IN); and Indianapolis. If you have contacts in
 any
of these places (or nearby) who might be interested in setting up
 community
dialogue events, classroom visits or media interviews, please pass them
 along.
We are hoping to partner with local grassroots activist groups,
 congregations,
etc. in each place. David will be in northern California (Bay Area) in
 late
October, so please pass along your contacts there. Jane will likely be in
southern California in early November. If you’d like us to come somewhere
 else,
let us know.
Thanks!
Jane & David
—————————————————
Jane Guskin and David L. Wilson, co-authors
The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers
Monthly Review Press
http://thepoliticsofimmigration.org
thepoliticsofimmigration@gmail.com
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