Immigration police pilot ‘stop and frisk’-style raidz in New Orleanz

Moorbey'z Blog


by Paul Abowd

In the fight to keep an immigrant family together, workers’ center uncovers a little-known deportation initiative

Federal agents have quietly launched a program aimed at deporting undocumented immigrants who have violent criminal records.

The Criminal Alien Removal Initiative, or CARI, has sparked immigration raids at grocery stores, Bible study groups and parks where immigration agents handcuff and fingerprint suspects on the spot.

The raids have created “a terrifying effect,” said Jacinta Gonzalez, an organizer with the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, which authored a December report exposing the program. “We haven’t seen raids with this magnitude, this intensity and this technology in other parts of the country.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, says the CARI program is narrowly focused on apprehending violent criminals who are a risk to public safety. ICE touted these efforts in 2013, saying that 82 percent of the…

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