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ICE Raids Detain Thousands of Innocent People: Left of Center View

A lawsuit filed in a Texas federal court Wednesday exposes the heavy-handed tactics of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) wing of the Department of Homeland Security. Included in the complaint are accounts from legal immigrant workers in factories that allege they were bound and detained without counsel for hours.

One of the workers, Sergio Rodriguez, said he was taken from the plant and detained for about 12 hours at a Denver detention center before federal officials found out he was a legal permanent resident. Rodriguez said he unsuccessfully asked officials six times to use the telephone. He also said he was handcuffed tightly using temporary plastic handcuffs that left marks on his wrists for more than two weeks after his arrest. He was one of over 12,000 people detained in the ICE raids.

This case clearly shows that the tactics used by ICE officers are impacting innocent people and should be curtailed in the interest of the rights of people in this country. Many have called for an end to these raids because of similar complaints but Michael Chertoff and other officials from Homeland Security have fiercely defended the raids as being necessary to the safety and security of America. Is it security or a police state that their actions bring to America?

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.” As our laws become more and more based on fear and less on liberty it seems as if the American ideal dies a little each day. Our country was founded on the principles of freedom and opportunity. When the first revolutionaries were recruiting the people to rise up against the rule of England, the rallying cry was that of freedom and equality for all. Have we become so afraid now that we must support laws that allow lawful people to be brutalized in the name of security?

This lawsuit filed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union against the tyrannical enforcers of unjust laws could be a blow for freedom that echoes for years to come. Hopefully the judge will see the light of liberty and make a stand for the freedom of all Americans. If we do not change course soon, this path we are on might well lead to the end of the freedoms our forefathers fought so hard to achieve.


LJ Finstermore - World Citizen | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Common Sense Laws
Rise & Fall
Outsourcing & Insourcing
English
Amnesty vs. Reality
Defining Immigration





Unions Defending Illegal Aliens: Right of Center View

In a shameless lawsuit aimed at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has asked a judge to order law enforcement officials to stop doing their jobs. The lawsuit claims that the ICE raids on factories with suspected illegal immigrant workers and people committing identity theft are violating the rights of the people in the factories. The case was filed in a Texas court and seeks a federal judge’s order for the ICE raids to be discontinued.

Despite the effectiveness of the raids that netted almost 1300 arrests, the union claims that the raids were unfair and violated the rights of the workers. Of the 274 people arrested for identity theft and crimes unrelated to immigration almost all have been convicted according to law enforcement sources. The raids also resulted in almost 650 deportations of illegal immigrants. Included in the arrests resulting from the raids were also human resources and union representatives charged with recruiting illegal immigrants.

It seems that as soon as law enforcement agencies got real results in enforcing our laws the union decided to sue. Could it be that the unions are in favor of giving American jobs to illegal aliens? By their actions and the fact that one of their own seems to be involved with bringing illegals into the workplace it would appear that the answer is yes. Weren’t the unions formed to protect American workers?

If their lawsuit is successful it could set a dangerous precedent in the battle to protect American jobs. With more and more jobs threatened by outsourcing and importing of illegal immigrant labor it is vital to the survival of the American workers that these types of lawsuits be thrown out of court. Even if not considering the protections for American workers we also need to defend the rule of law. This type of lawsuit undermines the very principles of having law enforcement agencies in existence. Law enforcement must be allowed to enforce the laws or our society becomes overtaken by anarchy.

Hopefully the judge will see that the only reasonable option in this case is to dismiss the lawsuit. Sending a clear message to the country that we do support the rule of law and that we will not bow to pressures from unions or any other organizations that would endanger the principles of law and justice that define American society is what is needed now more than ever.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Let's Get It Right This Time
Once Again Congress Fails
American Jobs
English Also vs. English Only
Amnesty
Defining Immigration

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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