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February 26, 2009

Not the change we believe in; Obama Administration executed the first worksite raid

Dear all,

Yesterday, in Bellingham, Washington, the Obama Administration executed the first worksite raid of his administration. 126 workers including US citizens were reportedly questioned and temporarily detained at the worksite and approximately 28 workers were chained and transported to a detention facility.

Please forward the action alert below, developed by the National Immigration Forum, for immediate action.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is working with members of Congress and the Administration to alert them to our concerns about continuing the failed enforcement-only policies of the Bush Administration.

Secretary Napolitano testified today before the House Homeland Security Committee and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) asked a question regarding this raid in Bellingham, Washington.


1. Call the White House at 202-456-1414 and tell President Obama:

Business as usual at ICE is not change we can believe in.
Now more than ever, a top to bottom review of ICE priorities and it enforcement operations is needed.

At a minimum, until the new ICE Director and an oversight strategy is in place, please halt these types of enforcement actions.
Just last week, you promised that you are committed to fixing the broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform. The President can't say one thing and do another. The community needs clarity.

Latino and immigrant voters turned out in massive numbers to vote for change and we will be watching very closely how you handle this incident, these detainees and their legal rights, and the immigration issue in general.

2. Issue a press release or statement expressing your concerns. Sample below.

Click the following links for: Talking Points on the Raid, Forum Press Statement, and sample press statement at http://www.immigrationforum.org

Posted by VisaLawyer at February 26, 2009 07:14 AM


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