Action Request & Update on ICE Raid in Mississippi
Take Action – Make Calls or Send Faxes to Demand an End to Raids (see below)
Humanitarian Crisis in
ICE Detains Hundreds in Workplace Raid
Monday, August 25, 2008
After answering the phone,
Earlier this morning, Department of Homeland Security agents began descending on different work sites in
MIRA also reports ICE placed the Southern Hens poultry plant under lockdown, which employs nearly 2,000 people in
And on Sunday night ICE set up roadblocks near the Wal-Mart in
ICE agents have already gone into the Howard Industries plant in
ICE has arrested so many workers at the Laurel Howard plant that operations have been shut down. MIRA has already received reports of scores of children being left behind without their parents who ICE arrested at the Howard Industries plant.
ICE Raid, SB 2988 and MS’s Inglorious Present
The brutal ICE raid now taking place in
Earlier this year the Mississippi legislature passed and the Governor signed into law Senate bill 2988, the most draconian employer sanctions law passed to date in the U.S. that further criminalizes workers, especially immigrants, and opens the door for employers to discriminate against Latinos and others.
SB 2988 makes it a felony to work without authorization in
Today’s ICE raid however opens the door to using both federal and state laws, including SB 2988, in a new way. This has everyone on edge. Mr. Chandler added, “Now we are all waiting to see what will happen to people being arrested at Howard Industries.”
Support Needed to Counter ICE Raid Impacts
Mr. Chandler said, “We had been expecting the raids, either on the coast or in
MIRA began holding community meetings on the
Now MIRA is seeking the help of lawyers. There is deep worry among the community about the raids and their aftermath.
MIRA has prepared social services and legal help for all persons, including families and others, affected by the ICE raid.
Bill closed by saying, “Most of what we are getting today is that ICE is focusing on
Support MIRA: Stop the ICE Raids
MIRA is now in meeting with families affected by the raid to assess what their needs are and also working with lawyers to deal with arraignments of workers swept up in the raid. MIRA needs attorneys to volunteer their services and help the detained workers.
Please visit the MIRA website to make an on-line donation at:
Send in a check or money order, payable to “MIRA,” write in the memo “Relief for families affected by raids” and mail to:
To support MIRA’s legal project, call (601) 354-9355
For media inquiries, (601) 968-5182.
Take Action to Stop the ICE Raids
Call or fax the following officials, demand an END to ICE raids and to stop the attack the rights of immigrant families, workers and communities
MS Gov. Haley Barbour
Tel (601) 359-3100 * Fax (601) 359-3741
Call your Congressional delegation:
Find your Senators telephone and fax numbers at:
Find your Representative’s number at:
Tell them: Stop all immigration detentions & deportations, end raids:
· ICE raids traumatize families, undermine worker’s rights and violate the rights of citizens and non-citizens.
· Immigration collaboration with local, county and state police and other public agencies undermine community trust and make our communities vulnerable to abuse, violence and exploitation.
· ICE raids and enforcement operations destabilize our communities and disrupt the economy.
· The problem with ICE raids is so fundamental that Department of Homeland Security should end all such enforcement operations.
· Congress must stop the raids and hold hearings on the impact on DHS/ICE on immigration raids and enforcement operations. Restore due process rights and make our communities safe!
To file a complaint against ICE agent on ICE abuses during enforcement operation or immigration raid:
Call the Joint Intake Center ATTN: Duty Agent
Fax (202) 344-3390 and (202) 927-4607
Toll-free: 1 (877) 2INTAKE (1-877-246-8253)
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Red Nacional Pro Derechos Inmigrantes y Refugiados
Tel (510) 465-1984 ext. 305
Fax (510) 465-1885
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