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The raids were carried out early this morning with ICE agents bursting into homes looking for people with Final Orders of Removal.  Many of those arrested were handcuffed and dragged out in front of their children and spouses.

I have received word from Fair Haven that the streets are deserted, businesses are closed, and the life of that section of the city has essentially ground to a halt.

Unbelievably, ICE spokespeople have claimed that these raids are carried out all the time and had no connection to the Municipal ID card legislation.

This story is developing now -

Check out our coverage at CT Local Politics and the coverage at the New Haven Independent:

Fr. Jim Manship of St. Rose of Lima Church was at the Atwater house this morning speaking to people in the apartment where the raid took place. Manship said at least five people were taken in the raid on that one apartment. Manship was cruising Fair Haven in his white Ford Explorer keeping in contact with activists and immigrants, many of whom are associated with his church. He reported that at least five more adults -- four men, one woman -- were taken from one of two Peck Street addressed that the feds raided.

Manship accused the feds of "terrorizing" immigrant families as a substitute for a seriously attacking the challenge of immigration reform.

""Imagine someone busting into your house at 6 in the morning," he said. "It's kicking... folks who can't defend themselves. You drive them into the shadows. How's that better for anybody?"

"I'm angry. My anger is beyond words," Manship said. "People shouldn't live in fear. We should be able to figure out what we're doing about immigration on a national level without people worrying bout their safety."

This is this administration's family values in a nutshell - Constantly use the words when it is election time, but when push comes to shove, burst into houses in the early morning to break up families and destroy people's lives.  And for what?  To deport 29 people out of 12,000,000?  Or to punish a municipality for doing more in 5 minutes than your administration has accomplished in 6 years?

Update: 3rd Update (by Gabe): New Haven Independent reports from the Mayor’s press conference:

   As a nationwide immigration debate returns to New Haven’s door, Mayor John DeStefano lambasted the federal raids on undocumented residents Wednesday as a "symbolic act of intimidation" against the city in the wake of an immigrant-friendly ID plan.

   Speaking late Wednesday afternoon in New Haven’s historic Wooster Square park, in the heart of the Italian-American sector of town, DeStefano defended the city’s role as a sanctuary city for immigrants. He recounted why he believes federal raids were an act of retribution against the city.
   ...
   DeStefano, who’s taken the national spotlight as the immigration debate gets played out on local turf, rejected the claim by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office that the raids were a "routine" attempt to track down criminals.ICE made no attempt to work in collaboration with local police, DeStefano charged: The city was notified of the raids by a phone call to the police headquarters on the general 911 line at 7:20 a.m., an hour and a half after the raids had begun.

   ICE agents were working to serve 20 outstanding fugitive warrants on specific individuals, according to city officials. Instead of asking local police’s help to track down those individuals, ICE "terrorized" the neighborhood, DeStefano charged.

   In one home on Atwater street, ICE entered with no warrants, searched all the rooms of the house, and rounded up four men and one woman some children, according to the mayor. "They separated the men and the women, and even had the children on the floor."

Originally posted to TheKickingDonkey on Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 04:53 PM PDT.

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  •  ICE = Storm Troopers. (7+ / 0-)

    I read about the ID card, and it made me happy - we badly need such a program in Texas.  Now, this.  Thanks for the diary, bummer though it is.

    "Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach age 18." - Albert Einstein

    by willb48 on Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 05:01:25 PM PDT

    •  Here in AZ, They're Training Locals!!! (4+ / 0-)
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      buddabelly, mango, TrueBlueCT, willb48

      Sheriff Joe (Pink Underwear) Arpaio has trained 160 of his deputies by ICE.  Phoenix PD has done some training, but only in connection w/serious criminals.  

      You think this is bad--wait till you get local law enforcement playing Border Cop!!!  And every apprehension takes them away from solving real crimes--that's why most law enforcers are against it.  

      Hundreds of our Phoenix cops have staying w/families in our Sister City of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, to take Immersion Classes so they can communicate w/folks--Firefighters, too...

    •  Why do you hate the troops? /nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Abominable (3+ / 0-)
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    Great reporting. MLN will also be keeping track of this story...

    •  You know yesterday I was so proud (3+ / 0-)
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      to live in New Haven. Now, as a community member, I feel just completely violated. How dare the Federal government come into our homes as if these people were violent criminals and not hard-working New Haveners. Early morning raids? Wrenching kids away from their parents? Sickening.

      Q: Who is the only person capable of uniting the Republican Party in 2008? Hint: She's a Dem....

      by TrueBlueCT on Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 05:48:25 PM PDT

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      •  You should still be proud (2+ / 0-)
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        That your city, and your Mayor, is reacting the way they are.

        •  Tparty, the Feds have effectively (1+ / 0-)
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          cowered an entire community. The bloom is off the rose.

          Of course we'll keep fighting. But I'll never forgive the Bush administration for this deliberate act of retaliation.

          Q: Who is the only person capable of uniting the Republican Party in 2008? Hint: She's a Dem....

          by TrueBlueCT on Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 06:02:02 PM PDT

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      •  yup (4+ / 0-)

        This is how ICE does it..They storms into people house and always do it early in the morning.

        They used to go after hard core criminal illegal immigrants like gang-bangers,drug dealers and other immigrants that were ordered deported because of felonies and other big criminal crimes, but now,they've added about 75 more fugitive teams nationwide and they are going after everybody,even the ones that doesnt have criminal record.

        I know this guy that got caught in  a raid.He immigrated here about 10 years ago and had applied for asylum,but his application got rejected and he was ordered reported, but because he was afraid to return home because he feared for his life, he decided to go into not leave and hope that ICE would not come look for him since they would be too busy tracking down the hard core criminals...This was true 5-10 years ago, but now, they are going after everybody...Mattefact,i'm hearing that ICE is going after the easy targets like, asylum applicants that were ordered deported because their application has their home address and phone number on it and those immigrants are easily tracked down.

        If you're an illegal immigrants and you have an order of deportation on you because you were rejected some immigrantion benefit, i will advice you to keep moving from house to house every 3-4 months..Matterfact, dont even get anything under your name that can be tracktable.

        I also know this  nicaraguan girl that had apply for a green card through marriage, but she got rejected and i warned her that she probably has an order of deportation on her and she should go in hidding and hope this immigration bill that's in congress will pass congress and allow her to legalize herself.

        Right now, a lot of folks are in hidding...This is sad stuff.

  •  Response. (2+ / 0-)
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    I have received word from Fair Haven that the streets are deserted, businesses are closed, and the life of that section of the city has essentially ground to a halt.

    I'm curious about your source.

    This is this administration's family values in a nutshell - Constantly use the words when it is election time, but when push comes to shove, burst into houses in the early morning to break up families and destroy people's lives.  And for what?  To deport 29 people out of 12,000,000?  Or to punish a municipality for doing more in 5 minutes than your administration has accomplished in 6 years?

    I suppose these people actually doing their jobs is out of the question?

    Even if this was a response by ICE to the legislation, you can't argue they wouldn't within their legal rights.

    Truth will often set you free, remember though. Freedom is never free, and the costs are often steep depending on the truth.

    by ThinkingAmerican on Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 05:13:36 PM PDT

  •  Gee... (1+ / 0-)
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    I wonder if I'll be seeing anything about this in the Hartford Courant tomorrow. Unfortunately, I think not.

    My relationship with God is defined not by religion and ritual, but by attitude and action.

    by World Citizen on Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 05:19:32 PM PDT

  •  You know... (2+ / 0-)
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    A 'Final Order of Removal' means someone has been taken to court, deported and then released because they promised to put their affairs in order and leave. So, basically, this round-up is equivalent to chasing down people who jumped bail.

    Would you suggest that someone shouldn't do jail time when ordered by a judge just because they have a family?

    Remember: Not all immigration raids are equal.

    •  They grabbed people in addition to those (1+ / 0-)
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      they had warrants for. Just for the record.

      Q: Who is the only person capable of uniting the Republican Party in 2008? Hint: She's a Dem....

      by TrueBlueCT on Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 05:34:01 PM PDT

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      •  Did the grab legal immigrants??? (1+ / 0-)
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        Or were the additional people taken into custody also here illegally?

      •  So the ICE spokesperson says... (2+ / 0-)
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        [ICE's Boston spokeswoman, Paula] Grenier said that not all the 29 people arrested were wanted on fugitive warrants. Once agents go into a home to serve the warrants, they will also check on other people present and make arrests on other immigration-related charges. (link)

        It's truly an outrage when our government works at all.

        •  Ya know, I (3+ / 0-)
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          get that. You work in the US illegally and you take your chances and most of the time you win, but I really hate these storm trooper, early morning raids. It would seem to me that if they coordinated w/local LE, then  the people they have warrants for could be arrested without the bust down the door stuff. I think they are being unnecessarily abusive.

          •  No Local Cops!!! Protect the local cops from ICE! (1+ / 0-)
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            If they brought in the local cops then the immigrant communities would be totally isolated. At least this way the local cops can stamp their feet and cuss out the feds, then go back to 'community policing'. Think 'seagull management for cops'.

            I understand your distaste for the 'raid' tactics. That's why you're not a cop.

            I think it becomes a little more comprehensible if you think about who the likely targets of the 'Fugitive Operations Team' are: foreign born, ordered deported, felony convictions, multiple arrests for drugs, weapons and assault (read: 'Criminal Aliens'). If they get arrested by ICE, they're never walking free in the US again, and they've proven themselves willing to use violence.

            Put in that context, a 5 am 'raid' is a way to minimize the risk of a violent confrontation and injury to innocents (e.g. family and bystanders).

          •  What are they supposed to do? (1+ / 0-)
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            Send a letter in the mail?

            •  They do that first. (0+ / 0-)

              First a judge tells you, then you get a letter, then another letter, then ICE comes to get you.

              That's the thing about the Final Order of Removal raids: it's not like they should be a surprise to the targets. They've already got a letter saying 'if you don't leave in X days, we're coming to get you.'

    •  Hey thanks for explaining that! (3+ / 0-)
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      Now, once that I wiped my Cheeto-stained hands on my plays in my Mom's basement, I'll ask you if you don't see a teensy difference between bail jumpers and undocumented workers, dragged out of their homes, without resistance and also without warrants (see update above)?

      And maybe a little tingle that New Haven was targeted a day after passing historic legislation dealing with the treatment of immigrants?  Nah, must be a coincidence.

      •  Big Brother or Republican Administration? (1+ / 0-)
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        (Cheetos? Plays? Mom's basement? Are you making some weird Greg Palast reference?)

        There is a "teensy difference between bail jumpers and undocumented workers... without warrants", unless the undocumented workers have a Final Order of Removal.

        If you put it in parallel to the criminal system (which most of us are more familiar with) a Final Order of Removal is actually worse than an arrest warrant: it means you are ordered out of the country by a judge, which I guess is the equivalent of a conviction.

        Unfortunately, we appear to have another case of an immigration activist misleading reporters by playing on their ignorance.

        Is the move political? Could be. Its hard for me to believe that the bosses are actually that motivated to get anything done. The stories I hear from ICE and CBP are the same as ever (think 'Heckuva job Brownie').

        If there's any relationship between the city's action and the raid, the only place it'll be found is in the heads of the agents who decided that on Wednesday they'd make some arrests instead of a stakeout. Sure, they could've done them on Tuesday or Thursday, and maybe they decided while reading the morning paper. So maybe it was a response to the city, in the agent's head. But let's not credit the ICE muckymucks with pulling off this kind of response time.

        It's tempting to believe that the police forces have all been politicized into arms of the GOP, but the Whitehouse has been much more successful at appointing loyal lackeys who do nothing than partisan 'go-getters'. If it was left up to the bosses, there'd never be an investigation or an arrest.

  •  John DeStefano (1+ / 0-)
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    Came out swinging and called the Feds on their bullying.  I am so proud that I voted for him last year.

  •  ICE was right (1+ / 0-)
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    The raids were carried out early this morning with ICE agents bursting into homes looking for people with Final Orders of Removal.

    They ignored legal orders and were given due process and ignored that.

    What is ICE supposed to do?

  •  Final order of removal (5+ / 0-)

    ICE is going hard after immigrants with final orders of removal...Keep in mind that its easy to get a warrant for your arrest when you're dealing with immigration...People seems to think that those folks that've been ordered deported are all criminals and felons..In fact,people that simply applied for Asylum or simple immigration benefits, then got denied, could get a warrant for their arrest with them not even knowing  about it untill ICE storms their house.

  •  Highly recommend! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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