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Indybay FeatureRelated Categories: East Bay | San Francisco | Immigrant Rights | Police State and Prisons
MARCH TO I.C.E -- Immigration Rights Coalition
On Friday, May 2nd - the day after thousands of Bay Area residents marched for immigrants' rights - immigration agents conducted a large-scale raid at taquerias across San Francisco and the East Bay. Agents arrested about 60 employees at several locations of the El Balazo chain. Some of the workers have been released, but forced to wear electronic ankle bracelets while they await deportation hearings. Others are still imprisoned. Many were interrogated without legal representation.
ICE claims that it targets those involved in criminal activity and doesn't do random enforcement. But most of the Balazo employees had no criminal records. They were arrested for the crime of working to support their families.
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Heard on KPFA news:
May 2, 2008 - The Day after THOUSANDS of workers & immigrants rights activists took to the streets, to demand better treatment of immigrant workers and equal rights for all, the INS [or ICE?] arrested over 60 restaurant workers of a popular chain of restaurants in the North & East Bay...