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  • In Conn., Feds Urged to Stop Raids

    Originally posted by Associated Press
    In Conn., Feds Urged to Stop Raids
    Tuesday, June 12, 2007

    By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press Writer

    E-MAIL STORY PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — City officials urged federal authorities to halt additional raids targeting illegal immigrants, saying an operation last week violated the law.

    New Haven Mayor John DeStefano said Monday he is filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and seeking an investigation into a raid Wednesday that led to about 30 arrests, including many in immigrants' homes.

    DeStefano said Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents failed to notify local authorities about the operation and lacked search warrants.

    "They pushed into homes without warrants," he said. "This was just very aggressive intervention."

    The city plans to forward witness statements to federal officials describing how parents were arrested in front of their children, DeStefano said. Agents refused to identify themselves and told people in the houses to shut up, according to the statements.

    Authorities took those arrested to facilities around New England, officials said. Bond hearings are planned later this week in Hartford.

    DeStefano said the operation raised concerns about racial profiling because most of those arrested were Hispanic.

    Bruce Chadbourne, field office director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said officers had permission to enter the homes and acted professionally. He said the agency notified New Haven police weeks before the operation about executing warrants and denied engaging in racial profiling.

    However, Chadbourne said he would temporarily suspend the specific operation the city complained about because of the publicity.

    Connecticut Sens. Christopher Dodd and Joseph Lieberman and Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro also asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for clarification about the way in which the raid was conducted and its timing.

    "Several aspects of the enforcement operation have raised concerns for us, the mayor of New Haven, and many residents in Connecticut," the lawmakers wrote in a letter.

    The operation came two days after the city approved a program to make municipal identification cards available to immigrants. City officials said the raid appeared to be retaliatory, but ICE officials have said the raids had nothing to do with the city's approval of the ID program.

    Michael Wishnie, a Yale law professor who is representing most of those arrested, said there were deportation orders for four of 32 people arrested.
    1). I don't know of any rule or policy requiring a federal LE agency to notify the locals about a raid.

    2). I wouldn't identify myself in a raid either . . .

    3). Well DUH! Most of the people violating our immigration law are hispanic.

    I take it New Haven, CT is another sanctuary city.
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    Feds urged to stop raids

    Originally posted by equinox137 View Post
    1). I don't know of any rule or policy requiring a federal LE agency to notify the locals about a raid.

    2). I wouldn't identify myself in a raid either . . .

    3). Well DUH! Most of the people violating our immigration law are hispanic.

    I take it New Haven, CT is another sanctuary city.
    There is no requirement for Federal Officers to inform local authorities of impending raids or other enforcement actions. Depending upon the nature of the intended action, it is often a good idea for such notifcation to be made, but it's not required. In this instance, the Mayor's claim of "Racial Profiling" is ludicrous. "Most of those arrested were Hispanic". Gee. no kiddin Mayor,most of the illegal immigrants are Hispanic. I'm not addressing social, economic, or moral issues here, just stating a fact. If I was locked into a life at starvation wages, corruption, and little or no opportunity, I'd probably be tempted to take a shot at a better life too. You can debate the issues all day, and make valid arguments for both sides . At the end of that same day though, the Feds are not obligated to tip off the locals. In quite a few instances, they're probably better off when they don't.

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      I remember under the first Bush, Linda Chavez was denied a Cabinet post because she empoyed an unregistered house-keeper who was Mexican.

      This was the Democrats that did this. My, have times changed.
      "Say hal-lo to my leetle frahnd!"

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      • #4
        Ok, the agents went WAY too far when they told the detainees to "shut up." I mean, who do they think they are? My parents? Sheesh. Dang illegal Canadians.....messing it up for everyone.

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        • #5
          Maybe its a regional thing, but the feds around here always tell us when their conducting an operation. Often they bring us in on the fun. Of course, it might have something to do with the fact that we actually welcome their presense and do everything we can to assist.
          Originally posted by kontemplerande
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