UPDATE: Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Immigration Reform after Last Week’s Raid

Last Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided an engine remanufacturing plant in Bellingham, Washington, ignited a quick and fierce outcry from immigration rights advocates and communities across the country. We responded and the administration listened.

The day after the Raid, after thousands of calls into the White House and meetings on the Hill, Janet Napolitano called for an investigation into the raid.

Napolitano told lawmakers during a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that she did not know about the raid before it happened and was briefed on it early Wednesday morning. She has asked U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which arrested 28 illegal immigrants in the raid, for answers.

“I want to get to the bottom of this as well,” she said. She said work-site enforcement needs to be focused on the employers.


The White House has now also responded through spokesman Nick Shapiro:

“Secretary Napolitano is conducting a thorough review of ICE, including enforcement,” Mr. Shapiro said. “The president believes we must respect due process and our best values as we enforce the law. The real answer to our broken immigration system is to fix it. The president has said that we will start the immigration reform debate this year, and this continues to be the plan.”

There you have it folks. We yelled and the administration answered. It looks like immigration will be on the agenda this year. Lets hope Obama keeps his promise to get the ball rolling on Comprehensive Reform; because if he doesn’t, we will be here to keep up the pressure!

6 responses to “UPDATE: Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Immigration Reform after Last Week’s Raid

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  3. Lets not forget US Citizens married to people who have already been deported subject to 3,10, and permanent inadmissability bars in the “comprehensive” plan of Immigration Reform.

    Family Unity of Mixed Status Families should be high on the list of priorities not left out like the last CIR attempt

  4. kanhai lal sah

    My case# A71948896. We living 16 years in US legally, been forced to leave, finally we left and waiting for any changes in law in which we may qualify to get back to our home in green River Utah. Our business has been widow without us and my US born 16 years old alone there. please send us a good news some tiome.

  5. illegal immigrants destroyed my job,union ironworker, i am now homeless, uninsured medically, and not to thrilled with amnesty or all this human rights garbage. what about the victims of illegal immigrant crimes, or unemployed vets. what about the senior citizen who is afraid to go to a soup kitchen because of the violence illegals bring. what about jim the ironworker,forget joe the plumber. lets not destroy the us working man any more. 8 prcent unemployment, but the illegal gets food stamps and works for cash.oh , i forgot the burden on our schools and hospitals. if it does not affect you im sure you do not care.we are destroying our country by allowing this to continue

  6. Celeste Addai

    I have a comment regarding the ICE raids. On January 10 2007, my husband left on foot from our house due to a raid at 5:30am in the Morning. My husband is a naitive from West Africa Ghana, and immigrated here in 1991 under a student visa. His visa expired, and from that point on, he has sought legal counsel to fix it. He is living in the shadows, and away from his 4 year old son..Whom he adores and wife for 2 years now becasue of the Raid. We have an attorney who says “there is nothing he can do to fix it unless the laws change” I will admit that my husband, over stayed his visa, but he also tried to adjust his status with SEVERAL attorneys since his visa expired. Now, we are being told that my husbands options are to keep running, or return to his home town, and risk not being allowed to return to the US for 10 years.

    My husband does not have any felonies, and is not a criminal.

    The immigration laws definitely need to be changed. Before this happened, my husband was given a work permit, and worked, paid taxes, and contributed to society as any human should be allowed to do.

    Now, he lives his life underground. He has been living this nightmare before we got married, and now it is worse.

    He is a good christian man who is an active member of his church. If it wasn’t for his(our) strong christian beliefs, I don’t know where we would be at this point.

    There is so much more to this story, but I can’t cover it all.

    Please end this nightmare for us and many other husbands, wifes, but most of all the children.

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Celeste Addai

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