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Raids

1. Since the beginning of June, reports of mobile border patrol units engaging in sweeps to round up hundreds of immigrants across southern California. These mobile units are using racial profiling to target Hispanic and Latino immigrants and couching it with the term “consensual conversations”. These are concentrated and focused attacks based solely on the perception that anyone who looks like they are from Central and South America must be an immigrant, and must be undocumented. The racial profiling and sweeps have spread fear not only within the Latino community, but has also extended into the Asian Pacific Islander community who fear that if one group can be targeted solely based on their race or ethnicity, then it can spread to other groups as well. Border patrol agents cannot continue to target, question, and detain someone because of the color of their skin.

2. The United States, and California especially, has an extremely diverse population made up of native-born citizens, naturalized citizens, permanent residents, and numerous other immigrants with varying levels of legal status. Communities of color and ethnic communities are equally diverse with native-born multi-generational citizens, naturalized citizens, permanent residents, recent immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Mixed status families are not uncommon within communities of color. The United States itself has historically been a place of refuge to migrants escaping from political turmoil, natural disasters and economic hardship from their countries of origin. Immigrants from across the world have built this city and its economy continues to thrive through the major contributions of their labor. Nowhere is this clearer than in the low-wage industries, where wealth is created by garment, restaurant, day labor, domestic, home care workers and other immigrant workers who receive poverty wages and endure exploitation.

3. These raids have had far reaching impacts and have terrorized immigrant communities in California. These racially targeted sweeps have disrupted the communities that they occur in, regardless of whether the targets of such sweeps are undocumented immigrants or not. Community clinics with large immigrant populations have reported on the drastic drop of patients since the start of the raids. Law enforcement officers have spoken up on the harmful impact that these raids have in immigrant communities that are already distrustful of the police and reluctant to report crimes. Religious leaders have expressed concern over the raids and the racial profiling by these border patrol agents. Thousands of immigrants, many of whom are in the United States legally, are still afraid to go to work or send their children to school for fear of being detained.

Memorandum of Understanding

On January 25, 2005, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Homeland Security’s US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE supervisors will now train and certify Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department personnel to perform certain functions of a federal immigration officer in the county jail facilities. Partially as a result of immense public opposition, Los Angeles County has Signed the agreement as only a six-month pilot program. An immediate challenge for local immigrant rights groups including KRC is to monitor the program and advocate for its termination.

Special Order 40

Since 1979, Special Order 40 has precluded the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) from asking about immigration status during investigations. It has enabled victims and witnesses of crime to utilize local law enforcement without fear of their immigration status. Recently, there have been reports that the LAPD is looking to revise Special Order 40 which will severly restrict the immigrant community from having access to the local police. An immediate challenge for local immigrant rights groups including KRC is to prevent the revision of Special Order 40.

Activities

Town Hall Meeting (2004)

South Asian Network A grassroots community-based organization dedicated to promoting the health, empowerment, and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin

Policy Wrongs & Immigrants Rights

A Call for Community Dialogue, Mobilization & Solidarity

The Los Angeles Immigration Enforcement Coalition invites you to a Town Hall Meeting for:

Community Roundtable to discuss:

  • Recent Immigration Raids/Expedited Removal
  • FBI Surveillance/Detention & Deportation

Local Advocacy and Coalition Building


WITH SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS BY:

Immigration Policy Center뭩 report titled: 밫argets of Suspicion: The Impact of Post-9/11 Policies on Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in the United States. National Immigration Forum will lead a discussion on legislation focused on post 9/11 civil liberties and building advocacy around post 9/11 civil liberties, including the Civil Liberties Restoration Act (CLRA).

Tuesday, October 26th, from 7pm ?9:30pm

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
2845 West 7th Street (7th & West of Hoover)
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Immigration Enforcement Coalition Consists of the Following Organizations:
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles - CHIRLA, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium - NAKASEC, Asian Pacific American Legal Center - APALC, Khmer Girls in Action -KGA, American Arab Anti -Discrimination Committee Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter - ADC, Korean Resource Center - KRC, African Community Resource Center - ACRC, Council on American-Islamic Relations - CAIR, and the South Asian Network - SAN

Please Come & Join Us

For further information please contact:

  • South Asian Network * 18173 Pioneer Blvd * Suite I * Artesia * CA * 90701 *

562 403 0488

Hamid Khan or Shiu Chand

Donations Accepted Tax Exempt 501 ?3 Non-Profit Organization ?/SPAN> Tax ID No. 33-0608166

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