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Old 04-10-2008, 09:37 AM
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Villaraigosa warns ICE to back off immigration raids
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Article Launched: 04/10/2008 07:10:57 AM PDT


L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa warned that work-site raids on nonexploitative" businesses could have a severe impact on the local economy. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking federal officials to rethink their policy on workplace immigration crackdowns that involve established businesses and to focus on employers that mistreat workers instead.

The mayor said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that work-site raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement could have "severe and long-lasting effects" on the local economy, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

ICE made more than 4,900 work-site arrests nationwide in fiscal 2007, a 45-fold increase over the number in 2001, authorities said.

More than 130 undocumented workers were arrested at a San Fernando Valley manufacturing company in February and over 60 workers were arrested for immigration violations at South Bay-area warehouses last week.

Los Angeles companies such as clothing manufacturer American Apparel Inc. have reported being questioned by ICE officials about their hiring procedures.

Villaraigosa accused federal officials of targeting "established, responsible employers" in industries that rely on "workforces that include undocumented immigrants."

"In these industries, including most areas of manufacturing, even the most scrupulous and responsible employers have no choice but to rely on workers whose documentation, while facially valid, may raise questions about their lawful presence," he wrote in the March 27 letter.

He said ICE should spend its limited resources targeting employers who exploit wage and hour laws.
Chertoff has not responded to the mayor's letter, but Homeland Security spokeswoman Laura Keehner said the department believes its priorities are correct.

She said work-site investigations focus on national security and public safety and that the agency also investigates companies it believes may have committed visa fraud, money laundering, and other violations.

Mayoral spokesman Matt Szabo said Villaraigosa and Los Angeles business leaders hope to discuss their concerns with Chertoff in person next week during an annual business trip to Washington.

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Old 04-10-2008, 09:44 AM
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Villaraigosa accused federal officials of targeting "established, responsible employers" in industries that rely on "workforces that include undocumented immigrants."

Isn't that what they are supposed to do?
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:58 AM
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I saw a piece on the news this morning that one California farmer was having such a hard time finding labor, for his lettuce ranch,that he purchased land in Mexico and is now raising, picking and processing his crop in Mexico. The local(Mex) economy prospered, he has "legal" labor, and by providing jobs, in country,"may" be affecting the flow of "illegals" into "our" country.

It is "outsourcing" of a sort, but it seems like a win/win situation to me. If they developed a chain of operations along the Mexican side of the border perhaps THEY could all "stay at home" and we wouldn't need a fence! [img]../images/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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I saw a piece on the news this morning that one California farmer was having such a hard time finding labor, for his lettuce ranch, that he purchased land in Mexico and is now raising, picking and processing his crop in Mexico. The local(Mex) economy prospered, he has "legal" labor, and by providing jobs, in country, "may" be affecting the flow of "illegals" into "our" country.

It is "outsourcing" of a sort, but it seems like a win/win situation to me. If they developed a chain of operations along the Mexican side of the border perhaps THEY could all "stay at home" and we wouldn't need a fence! [img]../images/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
not a bad idea as long as everything else dousnt leave the country.
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Old 04-10-2008, 04:15 PM
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I believe we should give all of California back to Mexico, provided the deal includes making all those Californians Mexican citizens.
Then we should immediately start building a really tall fence, with machine guns running the full length of it.
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:23 AM
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Beuford T. Justice - 4/10/2008 2:15 PM

I believe we should give all of California back to Mexico, provided the deal includes making all those Californians Mexican citizens.
Then we should immediately start building a really tall fence, with machine guns running the full length of it.
How about if we just seceded? As a huge donor state to the FEDS we would welcome that with open arms. We will keep the extra $60bl that is used to support our poorer cousins.
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:01 AM
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Hill - 4/11/2008 2:23 PM

Beuford T. Justice - 4/10/2008 2:15 PM

I believe we should give all of California back to Mexico, provided the deal includes making all those Californians Mexican citizens.
Then we should immediately start building a really tall fence, with machine guns running the full length of it.
How about if we just seceded? As a huge donor state to the FEDS we would welcome that with open arms. We will keep the extra $60bl that is used to support our poorer cousins.
Sounds like a plan. I'd sur' vote fer that.
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:18 AM
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Let's swap em california for their oil.
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