ICE raids San Francisco restaurants


We're receiving early reports from the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition that federal immigration officials have raided restaurants around the Bay Area and are arresting undocumented workers including in the Haight. So much for our sanctuary city "awareness campaign" that San Francisco launched in April. Limited details below.


Friday, May 02, 2008

Evelyn Sánchez, (415) 572-0639,
Larisa Casillas, (415) 640-4557,

ICE Unleashes Immigration Sweeps Against Bay Area Restaurant Workers, Arrests Dozens of Workers
Coalition Urges People to Call Hotline to Get Legal Help

We are calling on members of the Bay Area community to be alert to an immigration police presence in your neighborhoods or workplaces. Today, the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition started receiving reports of immigration police raids, carried out by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE arrested dozens of restaurant workers in El Balazo restaurants in San Ramon, Lafayette, Concord, Pleasanton, San Francisco and Danville. ICE arrests were also reported in Oakland. The numbers of workers detained, which cities, and if only EL Balazo restaurants were targeted have not yet been fully confirmed. Please report the names of any individuals, your co-workers, neighbors and others, who may have been picked up by ICE to BAIRC.

More on the raids including who to contact for help and a Spanish translation of the presser after the jump.

BAIRC, the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, denounces these latest raids and demands that ICE:
-Respect and uphold the due process rights of all persons detained;
-Ensure that all the detained have access to legal counsel; and
-That all the detained be freed on their own recognizance while they await their hearing before a judge.

Additionally BAIRC demands:
-ICE must be accountable to our communities.
-ICE end all raids and stop the detentions and deportations of immigrants.

The raids and deportations divide our families, traumatize our communities and are a disaster for our economy.

If you, your loved one, a neighbor or co-worker are in need of any assistance as a result of the ICE raids, please call:
-UNITED WAY hotline (415) 808-4444.
United Way will contact immigration attorneys to assist your loved one or co-workers.

-Also call BAIRC to document the abuses and tell your story: (510) 839-7598
Fax (510) 465-1885

Remember, if you are detained by ICE or any other police:
-You have the right to remain silent and to have counsel from an immigration lawyer.
-No matter what they ask you, even if they threaten you with deportation, jail time or any other threat:
-Do not answer any question, do not sign any documents.

Tell them:
I will not sign any documents or answer any questions. I need to speak to my attorney first.
-If they threaten to transfer you outside of the region, tell them:
-I demand to have my hearing here and will not move from here.

Then call:
United Way Hotline, (415) 808-4444 to get an attorney
Remember to give them your "A" number.
Your family, co-worker, neighbor or friend can also call for you to get legal assistance.
Also call BAIRC to document the abuses resulting from the raids.

Para difusión inmediata
Viernes, 2 de Mayo, 2008
Evelyn Sánchez, (415) 572-0639,
Larisa Casillas, (415) 640-4557,

La migra ICE desata redadas, arresta a docenas de trabajadores de restaurantes en el Área de la Bahía.
Coalición urge que llamen a la línea de ayuda urgente para conseguir asistencia legal

Estamos haciendo un llamado a miembros de nuestras comunidades en el Área de la Bahía de estar alertos a la presencia y el accionar de la policía migratoria en sus vecindades o en sus lugares de trabajo.

Hoy, nuestra coalición BAIRC empezó a recibir llamadas telefónicas denunciando redadas de la migra ICE (ICE, Control de Aduanas y Migración) contra restaurantes. ICE arrestó a docenas de trabajadores de los restaurantes El Balazo en San Ramon, Lafayette, Concord, Pleasanton, San Francisco y Danville. También se reportó un redada en Oakland. No hemos confirmado todavía cuantos fueron detenidos, en que ciudades y si hicieron redadas solamente contra surcursales de El Balazo.

La Coalición Pro Derechos Inmigrantes del Área de la Bahía (BAIRC, Bay Area Imnigrant Rights Coalition) denuncia a estas redadas y le exige a ICE que:
-Respete a los derechos constitucionales de todas y todos los detenidos;
-Provea ayuda legal a todos los detenidos; y
-Que libere a todos los detenidos bajo libertad de palabra, pendiente tengan su audiencia con un juez.

Adicionalmente BAIRC exige que:
-ICE rinda cuentas a nuestras comunidades.
-ICE cesa todas las redadas y un alto a las detenciones y deportaciones de inmigrantes.

Las redadas y deportaciones separan a nuestras familias, tramautizan a nuestras comunidades y son un desastra para la economía.

Si necesitan ayuda legal u otros servicios debido a las redadas de hoy, puede llamar a la línea de ayuda urgente de UNITED WAY:
También estamos pidiendo que reporten los nombres de las y los individuos que conoce que hayan sido detenidos por la migra en esta redada, sean sus compañeros de trabajo, vecinos y otros. Llame a BAIRC y le ayudaremos a conseguir ayuda legal.

Si usted, su querido, su vecino o compañero de trabajo necesita ayuda debido a la redada de ICE/la migra, por favor telefonee a:
-UNITED WAY línea de ayuda urgente(415) 808-4444.
United Way contactará a abogados de inmigración para que le ayuden.
A las y los detenidos les asignan un número de identidad que comienza con la letrta "A"; compártalo.

-También llame a BAIRC para ayudarnos a documentar los abusos cometidos por la redada y cuente su historia: (510) 839-7598
Fax (510) 465-1885


Recuerde, si usted es detenido por la Migra o culaquier otra policía:
-Tiene el derecho de guardar silencia y tener un abogado.
-No importa que le digan, aunque lo amenazcan con la deportación acelerada, la carcel, o cualquiera otra amenaza:
NO conteste ninguna pregunta; NO firme ningún documento.

No firmaré ningún documento y no contestaré ninguna pregunta. Quiero hablar con mi abogado primero.
Manténgase en silencio y no reaccione a lo que le digan.
-Si lo amenazan con transferirlo a otra region o ciudad, dígales:
Demando tener mi audiencia aquí y no quiero que me muevan de aquí. Quiero hablar con mi abogado.
-Luego, llame a United Way línea de ayuda urgente, (415) 808-4444, para conseguir un abogado. Su familia, amistades, vecinos o compañeros de trabajo pueden llamar por usted, también
-Después, también llame a BAIRC para documentar los abusos que se cometieron por la redada.


there are 20 million illegals in the usa. we can't continue to be giving them food stamps, wic, welfare, education to their illegal children, medicaid to their american children they are going to break the bank! the 20 million have to go home one way or another! the whole family should go so they will not be separated. we can no longer aid and abett anymore illegals.

Posted by jvilla on Dec. 28, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

If I were to holdup a bank in any American city and I asked the teller/cashier or the President of the bank to give me the code or combination to the main safe after I explained to him or her that it was to help feed my family would I be commiting a crime and would they be held responsible for aiding and abetting? That's how I see illegal immigrants and those attorneys who defend them. Commit a crime, no problem we have an attorney that speaks Spanish.

Posted by Aldo on Nov. 10, 2008 @ 7:57 am

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