Thursday, June 26, 2008
ICE Clothing Factory Raid
Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided a clothing factory in Houston, and about 70 percent of those arrested were women. There's a lot to be said about how America's immigration problem unfairly targets women. In this case, it's hardly surprising that it was mostly women that were arrested, given that it was the kind of factory were women tend to work. But more to the point, because women are the primary caretakers, when women are arrested or cross the border alone, most of the time the children also suffer. There have been some pretty horrifying accounts of how ICE treats caretakers and parents, as I reported in an In These Times piece. ICE continues to step up enforcement raids, but there's no movement on the legislative front to fix the problem.