More Raids in the Crackdown on Illegals

Mon, October 29th, 2007 - 3:23 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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1,300 immigrants arrested by feds

Agents raided sites in 5 Southland counties in 2 weeks

In what federal authorities are calling the largest sweep of criminal and fugitive immigrants, federal agents over the past two weeks have arrested more than 1,300 Southland immigrants in their homes, in jails and at work, officials announced Wednesday.

As part of a stepped-up national crackdown on illegal immigrants, five teams of Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents raided homes in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties from Sept. 19 through Tuesday.

Some arrests were easy, while others involved agents peering into clothes dryers or squeezing deep into crawl spaces to find hidden suspects. Most of those arrested were from Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala.

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Corra thinks some people do not get the picture even when the picture is changing rapidly. Whether it is the sudden drop in real estate prices or the increased crackdown on undocumented workers, some people do not believe these issues pertain to them. And maybe they don’t. Unless you are hiring illegal workers and the INS and other agencies raid your business, imposing fines and confiscating property.

Corra doesn’t take sides on this very touch immigration issue. There are some very valid arguments from both points of view. All we will say is that hiring undocumented workers can becomes a very expensive and risky proposition.

If you are concerned, run a Social Security Trace on your employment candidates to see if they are who they say they are. Run a criminal check as well. And then take your chances from there.

Check them out before you hire.

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