Saturday, June 30, 2007

ICE Raids Continue

Saw this over at Indymedia:
ICE Raids Intensify: Families Torn Apart
SANTA BARBARA June 28, 2007 - In a jarring reminder that the human rights of immigrants—the rights to work, move about, and live a life free from fear—are under constant threat of violation, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided three restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara this Thursday morning. At least thirty people have been detained, according to community activists. Full report: ICE raid detains 30 in Santa Barbara by Rockero

And in Santa Ana raids continue as the community rallies for a demonstration this Saturday to protest recent raids in Orange County. “They are taking parents walking kids home from school, women walking home from grocery store, workers at bus stops” Full report: ICE Takes no rest in Santa Ana--Only Prisoners by dl

The political harassment continues unabated, human consequences be damned.

One goal is to squelch efforts to mobilize immigrants in particular and Hispanics more broadly. Lost in all of this is the role that such factors as NAFTA play in creating starvation and near-starvation conditions in Mexico and elsewhere in Central America - exacerbated by the recent ethanol boom that is diverting corn from human food consumption to fuel for SUVs. No matter how you slice it, this is one human rights crisis that is only going to become more intense.

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