This morning, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the Fresh Del Monte Produce fruit and vegetable processing plant in Portland following a criminal investigation. Over 165 workers were caught up in the raid. About 30 have been released on humanitarian grounds.
While we are still becoming aware of the scope and details of the raid, its devastating, terrorizing effects on hundreds of children and families is already tragically known. Worried family members waited outside the plant, hoping for news of their loved ones, and Portland public schools officials worried about what to do with students who had no parent to go home to.
CAUSA was present with members of the Portland immigrant rights coalition, faith, and labor allies documenting the raid as it happened this morning. Groups quickly pulled together a press conference this afternoon to denounce the raids and call swift passage of just, comprehensive immigration reform.
We will continue to update supporters with more information and how you can help as it is available.
For Help or More Information:
ICE “Family and Friends” hotline to get information on detained individuals: 1-866-341-3858
Legal help hotline: 503-221-1689
CAUSA Statement on the raid: www.causaoregon.org
Statement from Portland Mayor Tom Potter: http://images.bimedia.net/documents/070612_potter_statement_raids.pdf
Statement from Rep. Tina Kotek, who represents the district where the raid took place: http://www.causaoregon.org/pdfs/Statement%20from%20Rep.%20Kotek%20on%20Del%20Monte%20Raid.pdf
Oregonian coverage of press conference denouncing the raid: http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2007/06/immigrant_supporters_decry_rai.html
U.S. Department of Justice Statement with details of investigation: