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Federal Agents Cast Wide Net for Illegal Workers in California

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles just finished three weeks of immigration raids. Those who ignored deportation orders or returned to the US after being deported were the targets of the effort.

At a bakery in Palm Springs, 60 agents arrested or detained 51 workers — coming out to more than one agent per detainee. Twenty-one of the workers were later released because they were primary caregivers to children or elderly. The bakery supervisor was also arrested on suspicion of continuing to employ an unauthorized alien.

In Northern California, 20 percent of those arrested had criminal records. The ICE's fugitive operative teams have gone after immigration violators that pose a threat to national security or community safety. The units claim to have deceased the number of people that remain in the US after receiving deportation orders by 34,000, since 2007.


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PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
gotta love the use of the "alien" term. ugh. i'm so torn on this because on the one side, I see the effects of undocumented people and what it has done in my city...horrible. but on the other hand, my parents started out like this and they're the reason why I have the great opportunities I have now. and unless you live in a city where there are large amounts of undocumented people, you really don't know, or feel in the air, the terror that these raids bring.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I agree, Great. I really have no love for employers that bring undocumented workers into this country. Not only is it a flagrant violation of our laws, but it also exploits and harms the workers.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Hit the employer hard. That is the only way this will ever work.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
we've been hearing about things like this a lot lately - and it still baffles me about the practices here. i can understand that people come to the US in the hopes of finding a better life and working and all that - but employers should realize that these raids are going to continue to happen if they continue the same practices. i can't tell if the law enforcement agencies are actually being successful at what they are doing, or if it's all for naught. i hope that we see new regulations coming up because of all these raids since that has to be more efficient and effective..don't you think?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
This is a good start. 51 down, 11,999,949 to go.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
AT least someone is doing thier job nowadays! keep up the good work.
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