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Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials… June 18, 2009

Posted by Afflatus in immigration.

…aka GALEO, is a non-profit, non-partisan, group operating out of Atlanta, GA. I had a great internship with them last fall! All should check out its website occasionally because GALEO is doing big things.

My former boss, and good friend, Jerry Gonzalez issued a press release today that exposes the malicious, racist, and unconstitutional actions carried out during the Bush Administration against the immigrant communities.

Atlanta, Georgia –June 18, 2008

* For Immediate Release*

WASHINGTON – A National Commission
investigating immigration enforcement under the
Bush Administration released a comprehensive new
report today documenting the devastation and
destruction that immigration raids had on families,
workplaces and communities across the country.

The report, Raids on Workers: Destroying Our
, offers a critical analysis of one of the
central components of the Bush Administration’s
immigration strategy and provides a detailed account
of how heavy handed enforcement tactics led to
systemic abuse of workers’ rights and a willful
disregard for the rule of law 

“This commission was formed to examine allegations of abuse and misconduct by ICE agents during the course of immigration raids,” said Joseph T. Hansen, founding chairman of the commission and president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). “What we have uncovered is that during the Bush Administration ICE agents repeatedly trampled on innocent workers’ constitutional rights. These were not isolated incidents, but systemic problems that occurred in almost every region of the country. No government agency is above the law, and no worker should have to face the mistreatment and misconduct that these hardworking men and women were subjected to under the Bush Administration.”

The Commission, which is made up of former elected officials, labor leaders, academics, civil rights leaders and immigration and legal experts, spent more than a year holding regional hearings, interviewing witnesses and soliciting input from a wide range of workers, elected officials, policy experts, psychologists, and religious and community leaders.

The result is the most expansive analysis of the Bush Administration’s use of workplace raids and its total failure to address the wider problems of our nation’s broken immigration system.

Upon its creation, the commissioners set out to achieve the following objectives:

  • Conduct hearings on allegations of ICE abuse and misconduct in locations across the country;
  • Hear from workers and their families on the impact of ICE raids;
  • Hear testimony from community leaders, academics, constitutional experts and the business community;
  • Inform the public and elected officials;
  • Issue a report on the findings with a plan of action to protect workers’ constitutional rights from any future abuse;

At each hearing, clear patterns began to emerge regarding the tactics used by ICE agents and how the procedures used by these officials were compromising the rights of workers.

The testimony the Commission received revealed several disturbing patterns:

  • U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents detained for hours unable to leave even after establishing their status
  • A lack of coordination by ICE with state and local labor and child welfare agencies
  • Violations of the Fourth Amendment, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures
  • The use of massive amounts of taxpayer resources and personnel to administer civil warrants
  • Repeated incidents of racial profiling and harassment
  • The human toll of immigration enforcement, including family separation and children left without proper care
  • Lasting economic and psychological devastation of communities and families in the aftermath of workplace and community raids

In addition to examining the impact of the raids, the Commission’s report lays out a clear path to a sensible, legal, and effective immigration enforcement policy that is consistent with the following objectives:

  • Target enforcement at criminal employers who abuse the immigration system and exploit an undocumented workforce;
  • Coordinate enforcement with the Department of Labor to protect workers and preserve their rights before any possible detention or processing;
  • Treat workers and their families with respect so they will be more inclined to assist in the prosecution of criminal employers, and to build trust between law enforcement and the community;
  • Vigorous oversight over ICE’s activities;
  • Stronger enforcement of existing federal labor laws;
  • Coordinated humanitarian efforts in the wake of workplace enforcement actions;
  • Enhancement of legal protections against abuse.

The Commission report also emphasized the need for passage of meaningful comprehensive immigration reform legislation – and concluded that piecemeal immigration proposals would never solve the underlying issues. The report lays out a series of elements that should be included in immigration reform legislation, including a path to earned legalization, family unification and stronger sanctions of employers that break the law.

“This report was written to ensure that there is an historical account of the Bush administration’s actions, so that former government officials cannot whitewash history,” added Hansen. “It also represents an opportunity to start a national discussion about immigration, worker rights and our core values as a nation. We hope to use this report – and its recommendations – to jumpstart a new dialogue with Congress and with the American public—about an immigration system that works for America’s workers.”



1. TL Winslow - July 15, 2009

The age-old pesky U.S.-Mexico border problem has taxed the resources of both countries, led to long lists of injustices, and appears to be heading only for worse troubles in the future. Guess what? The border problem can never be solved. Why? Because the border IS the problem! It’s time for a paradigm change.

Never fear, a satisfying, comprehensive solution is within reach: the Megamerge Dissolution Solution. Simply dissolve the border along with the failed Mexican government, and megamerge the two countries under U.S. law, with mass free 2-way migration eventually equalizing the development and opportunities permanently, with justice and without racism, and without threatening U.S. sovereignty or basic principles.

Click the url and read the details of the new paradigm for U.S.-Mexico relations.

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