Monday, December 21, 2009

Homeland Secuity

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Postville, IA and
The Border Patrol in Port Townsend, WA

On May 12, 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted what at the time was hailed as the largest single site immigration raid in U.S. history at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. After a nearly one-year investigation into Agriprocessors, approximately 500 ICE agents moved on Postville at 10:00 a.m. outfitted with machine guns and in full combat gear. Helicopters circled overhead while ICE agents entered the meatpacking plant with warrants for 607 undocumented workers.

On the Olympic Peninsula the Border Patrol has increased the number of officers from four to 24 and plans to add more officers. They've staked out the Catholic Church, set up traffic checkpoints, have attempted to buy off local police and sheriffs, detain people suspected of the misdemeanor of being "undocumented" in a secure private barbed wire enclosed detention facility in Tacoma - and apparently don't see any reason to abide by the Fourth Amendment.

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