Enforcement Run Amok
More than two years after gun-wielding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stormed six meatpacking plants and terrorized and detained thousands of workers, many of them U.S. citizens, a report has found the raid reflected a "flagrant disregard for the rule of law" that was "standard operating procedure" under the Bush administration. The report, released by the United
Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), details how workers who had been racially profiled were handcuffed, shipped to camps, and denied access to food, phones, bathrooms or legal counsel in raids that may have cost taxpayers up to $154 billion.
From a Mexican worker: "I thought maybe I should hang around a lot of white people so they wouldn't think I was illegal."