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Immigration case puts focus on landlords - It's the first time feds have tried to prosecute property owners for renting to illegal residents
By BRANDON ORTIZ for the Mcclatchy-tribune, May 24, 2008

LEXINGTON, KY. Four illegal immigrants who rented from Lexington landlords have testified they showed only Mexican identification when they applied for apartments.

The immigrants, who are to be deported, testified in depositions that they did not present American driver's licenses or Social Security cards. One, Adnan Ramirez-Jimenez, even showed a Mexican voter registration card, indicating Mexican citizenship, and a manager wrote on his rental application, "first time in USA."

Ramirez-Jimenez testified that he did not show apartment management at Cross Keys Apartments any proof he was in the country legally.

The depositions were filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington in the criminal case against William Jerry Hadden, 69, and his son Jamey, who are charged with 24 counts of harboring illegal immigrants and 24 counts of encouraging illegal immigrants to remain in the country.

The case appears to be the first time the federal government has tried to prosecute landlords for renting to illegal immigrants, defense attorneys say.
Immigration issue divides candidates - 2 ARE FOR POLICE TRAINING, 1 IS AGAINST
By Michelle Ku for the HERALD-LEADER, May 14, 2008

The race for the Urban County Council District 11 seat has turned into a referendum on immigration.

A districtwide forum Monday night reflected the differences on the issue between incumbent Peggy Henson and challengers Ellen Hollon and Logan Weiler III.

Henson opposes seeking training for police to enforce federal immigration laws in a program called 287(g). Hollon and Weiler support seeking the training.

The forum was sponsored by former District 11 Councilman Paul Brooks, who pledged Monday that the forum would be impartial, but acknowledged he is supporting and advising Hollon and Weiler.
Nine seized in immigration raids - BUSINESS APPARENTLY WON'T FACE CHARGES
By Steve Lannen for The Herald-Leader, May 7, 2008

Police and federal immigration authorities raided a Somerset business on Tuesday and arrested several employees.

Nine employees at Somerset Hardwood and Flooring were arrested after authorities executed a search warrant and determined through personnel files that several workers' identifications and Social Security numbers were actually those of other people.

The detained were all Mexican nationals and will likely be deported, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Sgt. Brian Jackson said. He said they were all charged with ID theft, a Class D felony.

Twenty-eight identity theft warrants were pending for other employees, Jackson said, and 34 other workers were found to have invalid, but not stolen, Social Security numbers. Police were also searching for the person responsible for selling the fake identifications and numbers.

Jackson said he did not expect the business to face any charges. He said it appears they followed all the procedures to verify the workers' identities.
Immigration bill dies in House panel
By Deborah Yetter for The Courier-Journal, 3/22/08

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The House Judiciary Committee chairwoman yesterday killed a controversial immigration-enforcement bill and has delayed action on a Senate abortion bill.

Rep. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, announced that after an extensive series of hearings on House Bill 304, which would have Kentucky take over many of the federal government's immigration duties, she will not hold a vote on the bill.

Stein said she was particularly concerned by inflammatory rhetoric in e-mails from some citizens supporting a state immigration crackdown -- some of which she described as threatening, intimidating and disturbing.

The sponsor of HB 304, Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, didn't attend the meeting but said afterward that he was upset that the bill won't get a vote.

"We're trying to make a meaningful impact on what we can do with illegal aliens," he said. "I'm very disappointed."
195 immigrants achieve goal
The Courier-Journal, 2/23/08

Despite serving two tours of duty in Iraq, 23-year-old Jose Valdez arrived in Louisville from Baghdad without the legal right to vote or obtain a passport to travel alone outside the country he called home.

That was until yesterday, when Valdez and 194 other immigrants from 45 countries took the oath of citizenship at the Muhammad Ali Center downtown.

“It gives me a sense of pride to say that I'm an American now,” said Valdez, who came to the United States from Mexico when he was 4 years old. “ I won't forget where I came from, but I'm glad to be where I am.”