Arrests at a school in my district

I’m getting a flood of emails and phone calls about yesterday’s ICE raids. You can read a bit about them on the BAIRC site (Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition). What I’ve heard from word of mouth is that at Hoover School in Redwood City, there were police who were waiting outside the school and checking people’s papers as they dropped off their kids in the morning, and arresting people for possible deportation.

There’s a video clip here: but I haven’t watched it yet or read any detail on this story. I’ll be looking at it later tonight and I hope people can add something more substantial in the comments. Basically, I am horrified. It is interesting that a lot of the emails I’m getting are from Anglo-Canadian immigrants… who might or might not be legal immigrants… and who know quite well that they’re not going to be stopped and have their papers checked as they walk their kid into school at 8:30 tomorrow morning. If you think about the destructive effect this will have on our public schools, well, just think about that for a moment.

6 Comments so far

  1. mark (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    I saw that report last night. According to a witness, immigration cops are hanging around and demanding ID of people approaching the school. The Latina woman was questioned, with the immigration cop demanding to see her ID.

    Fortunately for her, she was a citizen. Unfortunately, the next woman was not. She was hauled away begging passersby for help.

    It was a really disturbing report, and I hope people from Redwood City are calling their congressman.

  2. Liz Henry (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

    Another mom, a single mother of two children in our district, was also arrested. She is in jail and her children are with her brother. Her children are U.S. citizens. People are speaking up to say how hard she works to provide for her children and now she faces a huge fine and I don’t know what else.

    I’m hoping that there’s some way to help but I’m not clear what to do, yet. When I figure out any sort of pathway to a) donation b) suggested protests or action, I’ll add it to comments or to this post.

  3. dln (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 1:21 am

    First they came for the foreigners …

  4. charles r.sears II (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 11:41 am

    I agree with this ICE tactic.IT is time for illegals to leave our shores and get the message that they are not welcome to cross the border or get a tourist visa and overstay their visa time,and have a family,and just pray they dont get caught.I am glad they are finally getting weeded out.No More Free Ride! I am for cutting off the health benefits and education to the illegals,and jailing the bosses who hire them.I am for the wall to be built between the US and Mexico,and papers checked and rechecked for everyone.If we travel to Mexico,or any overseas country,and overstay our visa,we would be arrested in time and thrown into jail also.It is about time that just because you live here in the US,if you are illegal,you are not entitled to any rights,freedoms,period.So there.

  5. sw (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    Charles, you are very wrong. Making illegals scared to take their children to school only makes it more likely that those kids will end up beggars or criminals. Regardless of where one stands on the immigration issue, it should be obvious that this is a very destructive way to enforce the law.

  6. cd (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 10:28 am

    DLN: perfectly put.

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