March 16, 2007

Immigration Officials in the Spotlight

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s “Operation Return to Sender” has arrested 18,000 undocumented immigrants since June, provoking an inquiry by the ACLU into reports that agents illegally entered homes, posed as police officers, and racially profiled suspects.

In McHenry County, Indiana, activists accuse county jail officials for dehumanizing treatment of 36 Mexican detainees by writing numbers on their hands instead of using their names, shackling them in cells and jailing them with criminals. The practices stopped when the Mexican Consulate stepped in, and I.C.E. disavowed any knowledge of it.

And Mexican federal police detained 22 immigration agents suspected of accepting bribes to help 81 Chinese nationals, who were found “hiding” in the Cancun airport, sneak into the United States, the Associated Press reports.

Sources:

“Immigrant sweeps rouse ACLU”
San Mateo County Times, March 7, 2007

“Enraged activists: Jail marked illegal workers’ hands”
NBC5 (Chicago), March 9, 2007

“81 Chinese immigrants arrested”
Associated Press, March 10, 2007

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