Faith leaders in northern California gathered to call for an end to the destructive deportations and raids that our breaking up families and terrorizing communities:
California interfaith leaders urge suspension of immigration raids By Jose Luis Aguirre
4/4/2007Catholic News Service (www.catholicnews.com)
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (CNS) – From the steps of one of California’s first missions, northern California faith leaders called for the suspension of sweeps for undocumented immigrants by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency pending comprehensive reform of immigration laws.
“I don’t think the way they enforced the law is right, or just, or moral, or tolerable, especially for children,” said San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Wang, who was born in Beijing.
“We all are immigrants some way or another, and why should we treat other immigrants as aliens?” he added. “If the government wants to secure the borders, it is right. But if they treat human beings inhumanly, it’s not right.” Read the rest of the story HERE
In light of the continuing raids on our communities, I think the questions on many of our minds is how long must we continue to endure reigns of terror in our communities? And what is the Bush administration’s end game for these raids operations?
Would their appetite for destruction be met once every family working hard to increase the productivity and prosperity of our country has been torn apart?
Would their need to “cleanse” our country be satiated once every refugee, asylee, immigrant, and legal permanent resident lives in fear of what our government will do to them next?
Midnight raids in our neighborhoods, our backyards, our homes is clearly NOT the way to fix our immigration system- how long can we continue to allow the Bush administration to trample on our families and lead our country down the monstrous road of unchecked raids and deportations without effective immigration reform?
From the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights condemns the raid conducted by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Beardstown, Illinois Wednesday morning. While people of faith are gathering to celebrate with family in the days leading up to Easter, the families, and especially children, of Beardstown...
Media outlets reported today that 359 individuals have been apprehended and deported in the San Diego, CA region in the last two weeks as part of Return to Sender.
ONLY 62 of these individuals were targets of the operation, all others were lateral arrests made in raids, primarily on private homes and families. The administration is going too far, and is creating an unacceptable climate of fear in our communities.
From the Associated Press:
“Nearly all the arrests occurred at homes, authorities said. Only 62 people were targets in the operation — the rest were nearby when agents appeared, known as “collateral arrests.”
Critics said the operation created a climate of fear.
“They’re trying to sell it as something where they target (criminals) but it’s become part of a larger dragnet,” said Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Committee’s San Diego office. “It’s not effective, and it’s not a good way to do enforcement.” ”
Read the entire article HERE