On the largest immigration raid in U.S. History...

by mrochek 8/27/2008 9:46:00 AM
"LAUREL, Miss. — A day after the largest single-workplace immigration raid in U.S. history, Elizabeth Alegria was too scared to send her son to school and worried about when she'd see her husband again."

She should be scared to send her children to school if they are breaking the law. Part of the effectiveness of punishments is the deterrent effect. She wouldn't have to worry about when she'd see her husband again had they stayed in their own country.

"early 600 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally were detained, creating panic among dozens of families in this small southern Mississippi town."

Again, panic is a good thing when it comes to the realization that you could be next for breaking the law

"Alegria, 26, a Mexican immigrant, was working at the Howard Industries transformer plant Monday when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stormed in. "

"Stormed in?" Come one...Fox News is as bad as the rest of the MSM!

""I'm very traumatized because I don't know if they are going to let my husband go and when I will see him," Alegria said through a translator Tuesday as she returned to the Howard Industries parking lot to retrieve her sport utility vehicle."

Who coached her to say "traumatized?" And Sport Utility Vehicle? I'm sure there are plenty of Americans who would love a job that afforded them the opportunity to purchase an SUV.

"The superintendent of the county school district said about half of approximately 160 Hispanic students were absent Tuesday."

What a boon for the taxpayers!

"Roberto Velez, pastor at Iglesia Cristiana Peniel, where an estimated 30 to 40 percent of the 200 parishioners were caught up in the raid, said parents were afraid immigration officials would take them."

"They didn't send their kids to school today," he said. "How scared is that?"

The answer: just scared enough. Fear changes behavior.

"One worker caught in Monday's sweep at the plant said fellow workers applauded as immigrants were taken into custody. Federal officials said a tip from a union member prompted them to start investigating several years ago."

That's right. Americans are waking up and saying, "this is not acceptable in our country anymore." Anywhere illegal aliens turn, this is what they should be met with: someone, somewhere making a call to the authorities to report illegal activity. If at every attempt to gain advantage from living in America, illegal aliens are met with fierce opposition, they will realize it is not worth it to leave their jobs in their home country to come here.

"About 100 of the 595 detained workers were released for humanitarian reasons, many of them mothers who were fitted with electronic monitoring bracelets and allowed to go home to their children, officials said."

Do American mothers get the same treatment?
"About 475 other workers were transferred to an ICE facility in Jena, La. Nine who were under 18 were transferred to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement."

Ok...what is this nonsense? Office of Refugee Resettlement. I can understand for true refugee reasons, but for underage illegal aliens. No way! Preferential treatment of "underage" illegal aliens is exactly what got the Bologna family decimated in San Francisco.
"John Foxworth, an attorney representing some of the immigrants, said eight appeared in federal court in Hattiesburg on Tuesday because they face criminal charges for allegedly using false Social Security and residency identification."

Oh you mean illegal immigration is not a victimless crime? Who knew! I guess we need to add a little to this statement "they're just here to do the jobs that Americans won't do..." to include "...that pay enough to buy SUVs and to steal our identities and ruin our credit ratings and mess up our social security accounts"

"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."

They knew the risks when they chose to break the law in coming here. In fact they'll have another choice before being separated from their families: would you like to self-deport with your families? It's a sure way to keep their families together, but they'll choose no and then complain that WE"RE tearing their families apart.

"Gonzalez said agents had executed search warrants at both the plant and the company headquarters in nearby Ellisville. She said no company executives had been detained, but this was an "ongoing investigation and yesterday's action was just the first part."

A woman at the Ellisville headquarters told The Associated Press on Tuesday that no one was available to answer questions.

In a statement to the Laurel Leader-Call newspaper, Howard Industries said the company "runs every check allowed to ascertain the immigration status of all applicants for its jobs.""

This is a shame; the executives and managers should be held criminally liable. They must think we all fell off the turnip truck this morning. 600 illegal aliens working for you and you are doing everything legally? Either you are lying or the government is rolling out useless programs and I know the latter is not the case. At our National Security Convention in Devner last week, a State Senator from Colorado who also runs his families concrete business uses E-Verify and he stated that 20% of their applicants fail the system and voluntarily leave their employment, so it obviously works.

"The Mississippi raid is one of several nationwide in recent years.

On May 12, federal immigration officials swept into Agriprocessors, the nation's largest kosher meatpacking plant, in Iowa. Nearly 400 workers were detained and dozens of fraudulent permanent resident alien cards were seized from the plant's human resources department, according to court records. In December 2006, 1,297 were arrested at Swift meatpacking plants in Nebraska and five other states."

Though Howard Industries was not on the WeHireAliens.com website, Agriprocessors and Swift both were submitted to our site and subsequently to ICE many months prior to the investigations and busts.

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