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    Hopes And Handcuffs

    "A group of students at Yale Law School is expected to file suit today in federal court in a bid to find out how Homeland Security put together its sting on Sept. 19. The students want to know what role Danbury played in the operation and if the...

    Mass. immigration plan likely short-lived

    "BOSTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) - A deal Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signed allowing state troopers to arrest illegal immigrants will be rescinded next month by the new governor." http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20061214-120625-4063r

    Swift tried to block raid

    "For nearly two weeks, Swift & Co. officials fought to block an impending immigration raid they knew was coming.According to newly unsealed federal-court records filed in Amarillo, Texas, on Dec. 4, the company sought an injunction to stop U...

    Justice Deported

    "Tuesday?s immigration raids on meatpacking plants weren?t about curbing identity theft, they were about union-busting." Op-Ed by David Bacon, The American Prospect, Dec. 14, 2006. http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId...

    Calif. company faces immigration charges

    "A Southern California fence-building company and two executives pleaded guilty Thursday to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and agreed to pay a combined penalty of $5 million. The executives could also go to prison." [For an ironic rimshot...

    Chertoff Defends REAL ID

    "DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on Thursday defended forthcoming national ID cards as vital for security and consistent with privacy rights. Chertoff said one of his agency's top goals next year is to forge ahead with recommendations for the...

    Ill. Governor To Announce New Benefits For Immigrants

    "CHICAGO, Dec. 12: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) will announce on Wednesday a wide-ranging set of measures meant to better integrate immigrants, legal and illegal, into the state's economy, education system and workforce." Washington...

    Florida H-2A Use Surges

    "Unprecedented enforcement of the nation's immigration laws is pushing Florida growers to use guest workers at a pace not seen for 40 years. After watching $500,000 in tomatoes rot in his fields last year, Palmetto tomato grower Bob Spencer dipped...

    Nebraska Police Refuse To Assist ICE In Swift Raid

    "In Nebraska, Grand Island police refused to be part of the raid at the plant in that city. Police Chief Steve Lamken said he met with ICE officials on Tuesday morning and told them his department would not be involved. Lamken said his department...

    Rolling Coverage Of Swift Raids

    Return often to the site of the Greeley, Colorado Tribune and scroll to the bottom of the article where scores of previous stories, audio, video are linked. http://greeleytrib.com/article/20061212/NEWS/61212033

    ICE Raids Beefpacking Plants Nationwide

    "U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents are executing warrants to arrest illegal immigrants at the Swift plants in Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Iowa and Minnesota, in addition to Greeley [Colorado]." Rocky Mountain News, Dec. 12, 2006. http...

    Operation Wagon Train: ICE's Version

    "This morning, special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executed civil search warrants at six facilities owned by Swift & Company. The operation is part of a worksite enforcement investigation that has identified a large...

    Swift Denies Wrongdoing

    "Swift believes that today's actions by the government violate the agreements associated with the Company's participation over the past ten years in the federal government's Basic Pilot worker authorization program and raise serious questions...

    DIVIDED BY THE BORDER

    "Miguel Venegas Guardado, 36, is serving a 180-day sentence at the Ector County Jail in Odessa for illegal entry. The Mexican native, who first entered the U.S. illegally as a teenager, was deported in September. He was trying to return to his family...

    ICE Arrests Bosnian Serbs

    "Federal agents raided homes in five cities Monday, arresting 19 Bosnian Serbs whose units allegedly participated in the Bosnian war's Srebrenica massacre, sources told Newsday." Newsday, Dec. 11, 2006. http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld...

    "Papers, Please" (Face Your Future)

    "Immigration and Custom Enforcement police stand guard at the entrance of a Swift & Co. meat processing plant in Greeley, Colo., Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, during a raid. Federal agents raided meat processing plants in six states Tuesday and arrested...

    A New Wrinkle in Border-Crossing Cases

    [Link to audio.] NPR, All Things Considered, December 9, 2006: "A county attorney in Arizona is bringing criminal charges against illegal immigrants by charging them with smuggling themselves. More than 100 immigrants in Arizona have pleaded guilty...

    Congress Acts to Ease Entry for Minor League Athletes, Ice Skaters

    In the final hours of the 109th Congress, the House passed S.3821, a bill concerning H-2B and P-1 athletes and entertainers that passed in the Senate a day before. The President is expected to sign the legislation in the coming days and the provisions...

    Raid stirs aid effort as lawsuit seeks relief

    "STILLMORE, Ga. - For most of his life, Bobby Faircloth never knew any Hispanics. He was no different from most of the residents of this small rural town, where traditionally there had always been just two groups of people: blacks and whites. But...

    Locking Up the Huddled Masses

    "Facilities are going up faster than one can imagine. Last June a 2,000-bed detention center was approved for Raymondville, Texas, 45 miles from my office. I thought it would take a couple years to build, but I was wrong. By August 3, 2006, the facility...

    U.S. asylum seekers often must abandon professional careers because of time, money

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dec. 11, 2006. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pimmigrants11dec11,0,6940266.story

    Feds targeting employers of illegal workers

    "[F]ederal authorities did something that has been almost unheard of in recent years: They filed criminal charges against the owners of the large Kawasaki restaurant, accusing them of exploiting cheap, illegal labor so they could buy Lexuses and...

    Company, owner fined $210,000 for hiring illegal immigrants

    "A Wichita company, its owner and its general manager will pay fines totaling $210,000 in a plea agreement with federal prosecutors over an alleged scheme to hire illegal immigrants." Wichita Business Journal, Nov. 14, 2006. http://wichita.bizjournals...

    Traveler Data Program Defied Ban, Critics Say

    "The Department of Homeland Security violated a congressional funding ban when it continued to develop a computerized program that creates risk assessments of travelers entering and leaving the United States, according to lawmakers and privacy advocates...

    Illegal immigration's give-and-take

    "Study: Their taxes lift state, but services drain counties." Dallas Morning News, Dec. 8, 2006. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/legislature/stories/120806dnteximmigration.32b7435.html