Thursday, August 28, 2008

Update on the ICE raid in Laurel, Mississippi

See this from the Daily Yonder, relying on a Washington Post story.

I note that those detained -- as many as 600 of them -- are being held in Jena, Louisiana, population 2,971. I hope they have access to legal counsel with appropriate expertise in both immigration law and criminal law, which was apparently not the case with the Postville detainees. Also, the Postville detainees were arraigned in the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo; I wonder if such a make-shift courtroom will be used for those detained in Laurel. Since this raid comes several months after Postville, immigrants-rights groups are almost certainly better prepared to go to the place and advocate in all appropriate ways for those detained, even if the local rural resources are not comprehensive.

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