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Sunday, May 7, 2006

Rumors Fly As Feds Deny Illegal Immigrant Raids

From the New York Daily News:
Rumours are rampant in the city's immigrant communities that federal agents are swooping down into neighborhoods and plucking undocumented workers from restaurants, car washes and even soccer fields.

"My employees are nervous to come to work now," said Ana, a Woodhaven, Queens, hair salon owner who called the Daily News to report an unsubstantiated raid of a Latino food restaurant on Jamaica Ave. and 104th St. "I really don't know what to tell them."

The stories are not true, advocates and immigration officials say.

Yet, they continue to spread quickly among tens of thousands of New Yorkers who live and work without legal papers - and for whom the fear of deportation, real or not, is ever present.

According to the article, Federal officials say they do not do random sweeps. All of their actions are "intelligence driven."

Regardless of how the Feds conduct their sweeps, I say these rumors are a good thing. Shouldn't the illegals be on pins and needles? Shouldn't coming here illegally but fraught with worry? In my opinion the government needs to start gossip about a raid now and then and randomly sweep every so often just to keep the edge on the rumor mill.


[p.s. Obviously I'm not capable of totally swearing off blogging. It may be lighter than normal though.]


Shawmut 5/08/2006 07:11:00 PM  

Let the rumors fly. It's a weapon often used in psychological warfare. If some employers are inconvenienced by illegal workers not showing up to work, tough knots for them. Of course confronting them with the liklihood that they're contributing to their own problems is probably too much to expect. That they might be contributing to the country's problem goes over the top for such people. The American Way of late shows venality always wins over integrity.

Kevin 5/08/2006 07:20:00 PM  

I agree. Interestingly I just made a similar posting on another blog I contribute too regarding our strategy in the War on Terror.

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