Thursday, February 26, 2009

Act now Bellingham raid raises immigration stakes

Workers arrested. Led away in handcuffs.

It's time for a humane immigration policy!

On Tuesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided a factory in Bellingham, Washington. ICE agents arrived in force, surrounded the company's perimeter, and led immigrants away in handcuffs. At least 28 workers were arrested. Many were skilled employees who will be difficult to replace.

Is this the United States we want?

We believe
  • These raids create undue trauma and damage our country's human rights record
  • The existing immigration system is unworkable and out of date
  • The administration's primary policy goal should be to fix the nation's broken immigration system, not continue of federal immigration raids.
Call the White House today at (202) 456-1414 and leave a message for President Obama, or send him an e-mail.

Ask him to
  • Support Secretary Napolitano's call for oversight of the Bellingham raid
  • Urge the Administration to stop the raids and pass humane immigration policy with Congress
No one in the United States should have to live in fear.

Call or e-mail the president today. Urge him to work with Congress toward a policy that treats every one with the respect they deserve.

Esther Nieves,
Project Voice director,
American Friends Service Committee