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Old 08-27-2008, 08:15 AM
 
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Default Detainees say employer sealed off escape routes

LAUREL - When federal agents raided the Howard Industries plant early Monday, they sealed off the exits and made it impossible for any of the workers to escape, some of the detainees released said Tuesday.

"When we saw that immigration had us surrounded, it wasn't worth running," one woman, who didn't want her identity published, said through a translator. "All we could think about was what was going to happen to our children. We were worried about them."

The woman and another detainee, who also would not allow her name to be published, said one worker who tried to run was sprayed with Mace.

When the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents scrambled into the plant, they ordered workers to form two lines - one for Hispanics and one for non-Hispanics. They then separated the women from the men.

"They asked us questions like: 'Do you have children or a husband?' 'Where do you leave your children?' 'Have you been arrested before?'" one woman said. "They let us stay, but they put us on house arrest."

One of the many challenges the released detainees face is surviving with no income while waiting for a court date to determine if they will be deported, said the Rev. Roberto Velez, pastor of Peniel Christian Church in Laurel.

"They don't know what they are going to do. They can't work," he said. "Their greatest worry is feeding their children and paying their rent when they don't have an income.

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Old 08-27-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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Perhaps they should have considered their children prior to illegally entering our country. They seem to only have concern for their children when they think it will garner sympathy.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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I am so happy this happen in ms. now there are about 4 more plants in ms. they need to take out!!!


great post
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:04 AM
 
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Perhaps they should have considered their children prior to illegally entering our country. They seem to only have concern for their children when they think it will garner sympathy.
Hispanic culture places a high value on children regardless if they can afford them or not. I think affordability should be considered.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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Strange, the employer hires illegals and then helps Immigration and Customs Enforcement to seal off exits? Sounds like the company struck a deal with the Feds.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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Hispanic culture places a high value on children regardless if they can afford them or not. I think affordability should be considered.
Thanks to the abuse and manipulation of the 14th Amendment, illegals realize they donít have to concern themselves with such mundane issues as affordability. They know they can rely on free prenatal and postnatal care; as well as, WIC and welfare.

IMO, responsible adults do not continue to give birth to children they know they canít afford. If Hispanic illegals do in fact "place a high value" on children, they have a strange way of showing it. Elvira Arellano comes to mind.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:29 AM
 
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Strange, the employer hires illegals and then helps Immigration and Customs Enforcement to seal off exits? Sounds like the company struck a deal with the Feds.
Yes, similar to plea bargaining.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:33 AM
 
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Yes, similar to plea bargaining.
I sincerely hope that part of that plea bargain includes jail time for said corporate masters' second offense. They along with their IA employees need to be punished to the full extent of the law.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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I sincerely hope that part of that plea bargain includes jail time for said corporate masters' second offense. They along with their IA employees need to be punished to the full extent of the law.
I couldn't agree more. They are ALL criminals, and should be dealt with accordingly.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:18 PM
 
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I couldn't agree more. They are ALL criminals, and should be dealt with accordingly.
That's correct. They are all thieves, both employer and illegal employees.
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