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Immigration Agency Learns From ‘07 Raid
By Anahad O'Connor for the New York Times, 3/6/08
What a difference a year makes – or does it?
Exactly one year ago today, immigration officials rounded up 361 people, many of them from Central America, during a raid of a Michael Bianco leather-goods factory in New Bedford, Mass. It was an event that quickly became a hot-button issue for immigrant-rights advocates, and, for immigration officials, a public-relations disaster.
Families were separated, single mothers were taken off to jail, and at least one infant who was accustomed to nursing from his mother had to be taken to a hospital while the mother was being detained. A federal court eventually faulted the U.S. Immigration and
Islamic Center leader pleads guilty to immigration fraud
A local imam whose arrest caused anger in the Muslim community pleaded guilty today to immigration fraud charges in a plea deal with federal prosecutors that would spare him prison time but could lead to his deportation.
Muhammad Masood, 49, the former spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of New England’s mosque in Sharon, admitted during a change-of-plea hearing in U.S. District Court that he lied to immigration officials and on immigration forms after he applied to become a permanent resident of the United States in 2002.
Masood, a citizen of Pakistan who has lived in the United States for about 20 years, pleaded guilty to five charges, including fraud and making false statements.
Suspicion in the Sanctuary
By Hannah McBride and David Brand, Daily Free Press, 2/13/08
Like the Tobin Bridge that towers above Chelsea's sprawling patchwork of dingy, red brick factories, vacant lots sprinkled with patches of dead grass and thin row houses roughly encroaching on their neighbors, the issue of illegal immigration and Chelsea's self-styled status as a "Sanctuary City" divides the community.
Lawsuit challenges profiling at airports
By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Writer, 12/3/07
AP - The top official in charge of fighting racial profiling for the American Civil Liberties Union says he was the victim of profiling at the Boston airport, and he has gone to federal court to challenge a screening technique that relies on suspicious behavior to identify potential terrorists.
Mass. town attacks 'sanctuary cities'
EVERETT, Mass., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A local official in Massachusetts is leading a fight to deny "sanctuary cities" federal homeland security aid.