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It ain’t over till the fat lady sings in Postville!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on August 30, 2008

Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation & State Patrol serve search warrant on Agriprocessors yesterday

The Iowa attorney general’s office had the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) along with the Iowa State Patrol serve a search warrant at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville. This Kosher processing plant was the site of a huge Immigration raid in May.

The plant has been accused of violating child-labor laws and worker-safety regulations. Earlier this month, the state Division of Labor recommended that the Iowa Attorney General’s Office file charges after 57 cases of child labor law violations at the plant were uncovered.

Apparently, no one was hauled off but they were probably searching for records. Of course, no comment from Agriprocessors.

So far, top executives and the plant’s owners have not yet faced any charges in connection with the raid or alleged child labor violations. Two lower-level supervisors recently pleaded guilty to Immigration charges and we are betting that the Feds are getting close to charging the exec’s and/or owners. Remember, it ain’t over till the fat lady sings! see stories DesMoines Register…..Chicago Tribune

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Immigration agents focusing on Fremont

Posted by nebraskaobserver on August 21, 2008

Published Wednesday August 20, 2008
BY CINDY GONZALEZ
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

FREMONT, Neb. – Federal immigration agents have stepped up efforts in Fremont since the debate over a controversial City Council proposal that would have punished those who rented to or hired illegal immigrants, local leaders said Wednesday.

“We’ve had a lot more contact with their field agents,” Doug Campbell, Dodge County Director of Correction, said of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“They’ve been coming up and talking to us in person, reassuring us that if we need anything they’re there and available,” Campbell said.

County Attorney Paul Vaughan said ICE has placed more federal “holds” on illegal immigrants serving time for previous criminal acts.

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At least that gets rid of 10 of them!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on August 17, 2008

ICE upset over federal immigration judge letting ten detained women from the Postville, IA meatpacking raid to return to their homeland without criminal charges. Like how about being here illegally judge? Omaha World-Herald story Des Moines Register story

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ICE agents arrest 44 illegal immigrants

Posted by nebraskaobserver on June 25, 2008

POSTED: 6:53 pm CDT June 25, 2008
UPDATED: 7:19 pm CDT June 25, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. — Immigration agents said they’ve arrested 44 illegal immigrants during a five-day operation in several Nebraska cities.In Lexington, 25 people were arrested, along with 12 in Grand Island, two in Broken Bow and one each in Cozad, Gibbon, Hastings, Kearney and North Platte.A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official said arrests were made at homes and businesses in the days leading up to Tuesday.

Of the suspects, 28 were fugitives, meaning they had defied an immigration judge’s final order to leave the country and were targets of the operation. The other 16 were illegal immigrants arrested as agents targeted others.The immigrants are from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador and were being held at county jails throughout Nebraska.

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Five Idiots On the Bench….Or how to turn 4 1/2 months to 10 years

Posted by nebraskaobserver on June 16, 2008

EDITORIAL:

Five idiots just gave the green light to half the illegal aliens in the country this morning! The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday, June 16 that someone who is here illegally may withdraw his voluntarily agreement to depart and continue to try to get approval to remain in the United States. See AP story Just for the record AP, Mr. Dada was a “foreign national” when he arrived in the U.S. but when he overstayed his visa, how do you say “illegal alien”. There is a difference!

So this illegal Nigerian alien, Samson Dada, (see it’s not always the illegal Mexican and South Americans aliens) came into the U.S. on a tourist visa and overstayed when it expired in 1998. So ICE has been screwing with him for 10 years? What’s that all about? Then he married an American citizen the following year and began trying to obtain a visa as an immediate relative of a citizen. Oh, by the way, did I mention that it was a “sham” marriage. Dada and his supposedly wife failed to submit the proper papers, immigration officials denied the visa and ordered him to leave the country. He agreed to leave voluntarily, which would have allowed him to re-enter sooner than if deported. This has been in the process with ICE for 10 years? Again, what’s that all about? (Oh, did I repeat myself?)

Sham marriage? Break the law? No problem with these liberals and they did it at the request of the Bush administration! You can be sure the immigration attorneys will be jumping all over this one! This is just another example of the courts overstepping the Constitution and our laws. They all need to be un-benched permanently. See why electing the right leader in this year’s Presidential election is so important! Then again, we have the choice of a Democrat, Socialist and a Communist so who knows what will happen in either case.

Michelle Malkin says “whether Obama or McCain becomes president, I think we can look forward to more of this open-borders activism on the Supreme Court. La Raza, the ACLU, and AILA are high-fiving each other today over the ruling in Dada v. Mukasey (opinion here):” See Michelle’s blog

To see how crazy this whole thing plays out for 10 years and how inept our government bureaucracy and legal system is, I’ve taken the liberty to post the following case analysis from Dr. Bill Long, a lawyer, and have high-lighted some important text. Read full text at Dr. Bill Long’s website.

Bill Long 11/30/07

Docket No. 06-1181; Oral Argument Jan. 7, 2008*

“…Let’s tell the story behind the case and see what your inclinations are. I think if you listen to the facts–and especially see the chronology, you might be rather astounded at it all.

…Mr. Samson Dada, a Nigerian citizen, who applied for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States in 1998. …. When a foreign national with a nonimmigrant visa arrives at the US border, s/he is granted a period of time in which s/he can remain in the country. So, Mr. Dada arrived in the US on April 4, 1998 and could stay until August 31, 1998. But, as so often is the case, he overstayed.

At first, no one did anything about it. But in 1999 he decided to marry to a US citizen. She applied for an I-130 visa for her spouse, which was a way to get him to stay (more) permanently in the US. Normally it takes about 990 days–almost three years to adjudicate an I-130 visa petition. What? Why? I have no idea, but someone ought to try to figure this one out.

finally on February 7, 2003, Homeland Security, which didn’t even exist when they applied for an I-130 visa, denied the visa petition and deemed it “abandoned.” Why? Well, they hadn’t furnished all the right documentation to the immigration officials.

By this time, however, he has been in the country nearly five years after his nonimmigrant visa expired. Fear not. We are just beginning. A year later, on January 4, 2004, Homeland Security decided that Dada ought to be removed…. In any case, if he had a removal order, he has some time to maneuver, to appeal, etc. So on March 17, 2004 the wife again decided to file an I-130 visa petition. Why? Well, if it took Homeland Security 3 1/2 years to get to the first one, you might as well try this again.

But the immigration judge (IJ) denied this petition but did allow Dada to request “voluntary departure” in lieu of removal. This is an important point. You can apply for voluntary departure either during or after your removal proceeding. If you are awarded this, the removal proceeding stops (i.e, they won’t come and get you) and you have either up to 120 or 60 days (depending on whether it was during or after the removal proceeding ended) to leave the country. ….

You wonder sometimes if all of this is a joke, but I am a lawyer and lawyers can’t joke. So, let’s continue. After Dada was granted a request for voluntary departure, he decided to appeal his removal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”). This stops the clock on departure. So, the BIA got into the act and decided on Nov. 4, 2005 that Samson Dada had to go. The BIA decided that he had exactly 30 days to depart voluntarily. If he didn’t depart in those 30 days, he would be ineligible for status adjustments for 10 years–and face lots of fines and other inconveniences.

Sounds like things are just about over, don’t they? Well, Samson was a strong guy, not only in the Bible but also in this case. On day 28 after this order, he filed a motion with the BIA to “reopen” his case and to “withdraw” his request for voluntary departure. The reason he did the latter was that if he stayed over his 30 day period (i.e., past December 5, 2006), he would lose the benefit of the voluntary departure and tons of bad stuff would happen to him. But by asking the BIA to “reopen” his case, he would have 90 days after the Nov. 4 decision to do so. So, he stayed in the country. On Feb. 8, 2006 the BIA denied his motion to reopen the case. Now he really has to go, right? No, he appealed to the Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit, which couldn’t wait to get the case off of its docket, denying him relief in a one-page unpublished decision on Nov. 28, 2006.

All is not lost. So, he appealed to the US Supreme Court on Feb. 26, 2007–the final day he could do so and, guess what, the Supreme Court decided to hear his case. By the time the Court renders a decision, probably in Spring 2008, it will be almost 10 years to the day that Samson Dada was supposed to have left the country. Now can you understand what immigration reform is up against?

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Postville, Iowa: Non-skilled labor contractor pulls workers out of AgriProcessors meatpacking plant

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 31, 2008

Labor Ready, one of America’s largest providers of temporary employment in the unskilled and construction fields pulled about 150 workers out of Agriprocessors meatpacking plant for supposedly safety concerns. We say supposedly because Labor Ready has a history of being accused of and taken to court for mistreatment and deceptive practices by employees and labor unions.

In March and April, the Iowa Division of Labor Services agreed to reduce fines against the plant for 39 violations of workplace safety rules based on inspections that took place in October 2007 and February 2008. Many of the alleged violations related to hazardous chemicals, blood-borne pathogens and what the state called “serious health violations.” According to government records, Agriprocessors Inc. has a history of noncompliance with state and federal regulations related to food safety, pollution and workplace safety at its Postville facility.

So apparently Labor Ready didn’t know they were providing workers into an unsafe facility prior to the ICE raid (if they were providing workers prior to Monday, May 12) and/or they had no knowledge of the prior safety concerns and inspections of the Iowa Division of Labor prior to placing their personnel into the plant sometime after May 12? (Wink-Wink!) So when did they know it and how much did they know? We just don’t buy it! It looks like they are trying to make a “fast exit” while they can…..DesMoines Register story

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Drying up the illegal job magnet!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 21, 2008

Posted on Tue, May. 20, 2008 03:10 PM
By LYNN FRANEY
The Kansas City Star

ICE Chief Myers, today in Kansas City, calls upon companies to help stop illegal immigration by “drying up the job magnet.”
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story

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Iowa: Largest number of illegal aliens to plead guilty & sentenced in one day!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 21, 2008

85 sentenced in Postville immigration raid
Associated Press – May 20, 2008 10:44 AM ET

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Federal prosecutors say 85 people arrested in last week’s immigration raid at a meatpacking plant in Postville have been sentenced on federal charges.

They are part of a group of nearly 400 people arrested at the Agriprocessors plant.

They pleaded guilty yesterday in Waterloo. The U.S. attorney’s office says it’s the largest number of defendants to plead guilty and be sentenced in one day.

Officials say 77 pleaded guilty to using false identification to obtain employment. They admitted using the ID of an actual person and were sentenced to five months in prison and face deportation.

Eight others pleaded guilty to using a false ID to obtain employment, but those documents did not belong to an actual person. They were sentenced to five years probation and ordered out of the country.

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Dipshit: Deportation Math

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 15, 2008

Letters, 5/13: Deportation math

Lincoln Journal Star – Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Anonymous wrote on May 13, 2008 1:59 a.m. his biased “dipshit”  view on Deportation Math…..Full post and comments:

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Feds Arrest Hundreds In Iowa Over Immigration

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 14, 2008

Postville, Iowa (AHN) – At least 300 people were arrested, mostly over illegal identity theft and illegal immigration, by federal immigration agents in northeastern Iowa at the world’s biggest meat processing plant…..story

Also, see

ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/IA/about/ImmigrationBattle.pdf

http://problemswithlubavitch.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/postville-factory-is-owned-by-the-lubavitch/

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