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Dial One If Your Neighbor’s Gardener Looks Mexican

Dial One If Your Neighbor’s Gardener Looks Mexican | Upsetment | Scoop.it

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program launched under Barack Obama to build trust with community groups has been reconfigured to focus on assisting victims of crimes committed by immigrants.

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Which should be the greater concern of ICE: finding and removing illegals or working with law enforcement to find the criminal element within the larger illegal immigrant population? For my part, I'm far more worried about the sex trafficker than I am about the undocumented Mexican cutting somebody's lawn. That's why I believe in a positive ICE community outreach. Certainly, I want those who have suffered from crimes by anyone to have support and comfort from government, but this repurposing of a program that was making valuable inroads into the suspiciousness of the undocumented community so they would cooperate with law enforcement is just a bad idea. While I don't like the idea that undocumented workers are here without proper papers—primarily because that means they can be exploited by employers unwilling to pay decent wages and benefits, I am less concerned about busboys, cleaners, gardeners, and crop pickers than I am about a lot of other things. What about you?
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How the U.S. Sold Out Indian Asylum Seekers on the Border

How the U.S. Sold Out Indian Asylum Seekers on the Border | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Dozens of Sikh men fleeing political persecution showed up on the Texas border last year—and U.S. immigration allegedly outed them to their home government.
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In addition to being a clear violation of our laws, this act by ICE is against everything our country stands for. Perhaps we can send the people responsible to India or some other place and keep these Sikh refugees here, where they can become good American citizens. Don't get me wrong, I am pro India in most things, but I do know that in many areas the Sikhs face terrible treatment.

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