Minneapolis Police Department Creates Chaos with ICE: Community Responds, Demands Immigration Reform Now

Yesterday at noon, over two hundred community members gathered at the corner of Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue in South Minneapolis to witness an undetermined Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation.

The Minneapolis Police Department played a central role in facilitating the activity by ICE agents, thus violating a city separation ordinance that has been on the books for over three years and angering many community leaders, reported Teresa Ortiz of the Resource Center of the Americas and one of the hundreds of community witnesses.

"The Minneapolis Police should not have done this with ICE," says Irineo Mojica, a community activist who recently organized a 10-day religious fast for immigration reform, "they have created chaos in the heart of the Latino community."

"The statement by the Minneapolis Police Department saying they were there to 'help with crowd control' is simply false," states Eduardo Cardenas, a member of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition. "I was one of the only ones at the site in the morning and there was no crowd to speak of, yet the MPD had already deployed at least three of their officers. Not only is this wrong, but it has also severed any good relationships the local police may have built with the Latino community."

While the Minneapolis Police Department's presence and role at the site of the ICE activity caused deep concern in the community and amongst leaders, the historically discriminatory practices used by government agents was being documented by members of the Community Raid Response Team, a rapid response group dedicated to documenting any civil rights violations ensued by the heightened ICE activity.

Laura Wilson, a member of the Raid Response Team, says, "I videotaped an agent who stopped a young man that was walking on the sidewalk. The agent asked the young man for his papers, yet when asked by a White person serving as a witness why he [the agent] had not asked for her papers the agent ignored her. It's against the law to target people based on their skin color."

According to Alberto Monserrate, owner of Latino Communications Network, yesterday's events raise questions about the true intent of the ICE and Minneapolis Police Department operation. "If they just wanted to arrest people who had a record not related to immigration, then why did they decide to show up on the busiest day at the busiest time in such a public place for the Latino community?

Why do we have community witnesses reporting agents asked people on the street for their documents?" ponders Monserrate. For others, the questionable collaboration between local police and ICE agents point to the need for an immigration reform.

"Congress is trying to get us out of a chaotic situation by passing an immigration reform, but ICE agents and local police involvement are only causing more chaos in our communities," states Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26.

For Mariano Espinoza, Executive Director of the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network, the answer has another layer. "We do need immigration reform and we need it now.

We can't let more innocent families and workers be attacked. But we also ask that the Minneapolis Police Chief meet with the Latino community to address this situation. Immigration reform may take a while and we cannot afford to see another situation like this happen ever again."

Today (Sunday) the Community Raid Response Team plans to host a community gathering at the corner of Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue at 4:30 pm in order talk to people about their rights.

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Marriage for Immigration Scams

Minnesota caters to illegal immigrants and marriage for U.S. residency scams using VAWA laws. My wife Ana Najera is an immigrant from Guatemala who entered the country on a tourist VISA. Before we married, we had a child together. She overstayed her tourist VISA and returned to Guatemala with the baby for 3 months over Christmas and the New Year leaving me in the U.S. to work. She asked for money for liposuction surgery in Guatemala and I gave her funds to travel and to have the liposuction done. When she returned she said we would need to marry for her and the baby to stay in country. We married quickly in the Dakota County court house and the marriage disintegrated from there. I was hesitant about marriage, but I wanted to keep my son in country and tried to build a happy family. My wife wasn't in the relationship for "love" like I was. She entered the relationship with ambitions of acquiring U.S. residency and running an import business (indikohandcrafts.org) that does not pay taxes. Her business advertises itself as a fair trade organization, but they do not have any FTO certifications. Some of her products were sold in a shop on Lake Street. Her family came to visit for a few months and they continually attempted to provoke confrontations between my wife and I. Ultimately, my wife had to assault me by punching me in the neck to get a defensive verbal response from me. I did not hit my wife back or abuse her in any way. I was arrested by the Eagan Police for 5th Degree Domestic assault and spent 3 days in jail for something I didn't do. Two years to date after we had been in country together, my wife made a fraudulent VAWA complaint to expedite her immigration process in lieu of U.S. residency through marriage. While I was in jail, my wife cleaned out the joint bank account. When I was released from jail, the courts issued an order for protection. I was broke, homeless and living in my car and under my desk at the office. Shortly after, my wife contacted me and asked for me to write a letter to immigration which stated I was an abusive husband. She said if I wrote the letter in her favor she would work with me to get my home back. Instead of allowing myself to be blackmailed, I wrote immigration and revoked my spousal petition for my wife's U.S. residency and reported all of the facts. The courts later granted my wife all of the marital property before a divorce hearing. They ordered that I surrender a car to my wife that was solely in my name. She demanded $3000 a month in support payments. During the order for protection hearing, I asked my wife about her employment and academic credentials. She worked as a teacher at a school in Minneapolis called Passport Pals and claimed to have a degree in Psychology. In court and under oath, my wife stated she was a teacher and that she had a degree in Psychology. I challenged her about her academic credentials and she lied with a straight face. I pushed the questioning and she finally admitted to not hold a college degree. Even though the judge saw that my wife lied under oath, he granted her a one year order for protection. My house recently foreclosed and I am excluded from employment opportunities in my professional field due to having a "criminal" history. was charged with 5th degree domestic assault, but I was not found guilty of domestic assault or abuse in a court of law. A group called Civil Society Helps ( civilsocietyhelps.org ) is now representing my wife and they are still supporting her assault and abuse claims to assist her with expediting her immigration process. They help many immigrant women file false abuse claims under VAWA to assist them with their immigration process. My wife's pro-bono attorney Martha Sullivan ( Civil Society Helps Attorney) even threatened an order for protection against me in the court house lobby when divorce negotiations broke down. I recorded the entire conversation and her threats were completely unwarranted. During another court hearing, I informed the judge of Martha's threats and she laughed in an embarrassed manner and said she was afraid of me (complete nonsense). I lost everything and I am no longer employable in my field by many corporations due to my "criminal" history. I had no previous criminal history at age 36 and I honorably completed 4 years of U.S. Army service. Last year I earned a very high salary, lived in a house by a lake and enjoyed life as much as I could with a woman that didn't love me. In 3 days, I was reduced to living in poverty and was homeless for weeks after being released from jail. With all of this going on, I am going in debt at a rate of $100 a day ($3000 a month) for child support payments. Since June 2007, I have paid over $12,000 in child support payments.. I have attempted to acquire a new employment contract, but have been excluded due to my new criminal history ( 5th degree domestic assault charge - no conviction). With lies from an immigrant residency seeker and the help of VAWA laws, a stable American citizen can be reduced to living poverty. All of your assets can be seized and given to the immigrant residency seeker even if you are not found guilty. You will immediately be forced to surrender a portion of your income to the immigrant residency seeker. The courts will order you to turn your motor vehicle over to the immigrant residency seeker even if the car is in your name and the residency seeker does not have a drivers license. My wife has been confronted by the Eagan Police several times for driving without a license or insurance. On multiple occasions she was just given a warning and she continued to drive my vehicle in Minnesota without a drviers license or insurance. Later, I spoke with one of the officers that was on scene when I was arrested. Sgt. Mason of the Eagan Police department was going to allow my wife to drive a motor vehicle without a driver's license or insurance while my son was in the car. I called him on it and said it was against the law for anyone to drive a motor vehicle in Minnesota without a license or insurance. Sgt. Mason's partner threatened to arrest me for public disturbance. I did nothing wrong and she (Sgt. Mason's partner) threatened to take me back to jail for disorderly conduct.... They backed off with their threat of arrest when I informed them I had a witness looking on.... Immigrants in Minnesota have more rights and free legal services than American Citizens do. VAWA is completely unconstitutional and clearly provides immigrants with loopholes and fast track plans to acquire U.S. residency under fraudulent pretences. My wife contacted me several times after the Order for Protection was issued. She always called me an "ABUSER" real slow and sarcastically on the phone. Knowing how groups like the civil society work, I can only imagine how they coached and indoctronated my wife into the liberal feminist movement. Martha Sullivan's order for protection threat was completely uncalled for and demonstrates how this pro-immigration group operates. Sorry for the rant, but people need to know about these kind of immigration scams. People need to know about the organizations that promote marriage for immigration scams. I may be forced to migrate to another country for a better life.

Regarding the issue of Illegal Aliens...

The issue of illegal vs. legal is a very simple one. If you are here illegally, meaning you came into the country without documentation, you have broken the law. It is that simple. If I break the law, and I'm a citizen, I expect that there should be consequences for my actions. If you break the law, and you're here illegally, you should be immediately, and summarily deported. Regardless of status, and or how many anchor children you have here. The Latino community absolutely loves to scream racism, or racial profiling at every turn as a distraction from the very fact that some of their membership have broken the law and come to the United States ILLEGALLY. It's a game that the media plays, while our country is being balkanized. If you're not familiar with the term, it has to do with essentially replacing one group of people with another by allowing unchecked immigration, to the detriment of the nation as a whole. Illegal Immigration is indeed a detriment to the American way of life, and the citizens who live here. We pay far more in expenditures for illegal aliens, than what they have purported to contribute. The lie that they are doing the jobs that nobody else will do, isn't nearly as egregious as the lie about what they contribute. If you look at the statistics provided by the United States Government, and the FBI, you will see that more than a third of the prison population is made up of ILLEGAL ALIENS. You will find that nearly half of the people on welfare are ILLEGAL ALIENS. When you think about how much money they send home to Mexico, out of the United States Economy every year, you find that this country hemorrages money that should have been spent here. That's not even talking about the crimes, the importation of drugs, Gangs, the rapes, the murders, and the collateral costs of their driving illegally on our roads every day. Instead, we have biased media saying that they're only here to better themselves, and their lives, and how great they all are. A lot of people believe the lies. I for one do not. I do not care one bit that they are hispanic, what I care about is whether or not they're here legally, and whether or not they're here to be productive, and law abiding citizens. Frederich Neitzsche said that the indignant man, who protests questions, is a liar. Do not believe the lies from these people who claim they are being victimized. They are criminals and should be treated as such.

doesn't surprise me

Sorry to hear

I have been victimized by the Eagan police as well!

Im sure you have heard also of the latest Eagan shooting. Eagan Police apparently failed to prosecute a no contact violation against the man who shot his ex wife through the window!!!

They have ignores repeated attempts to protect my sister by interfering with a prosecution of an attorney who continually violates the no contact order while this same attorney continues to steal money from my sisters estate. 





Well, if the LEGAL latino

Well, if the LEGAL latino immigrants would identify the ILLEGAL ones to ICE, then we wouldn't have this problem, now would we? What was ICE supposed to do, not have police there to control anything out of control? Police patrol at plenty of events not because they condone them, but merely to maintain order. The presence of the police does not mean they are in cahoots with ICE. The fact that when ICE showed up, and hundreds of people started running away, shows me there is a DEFINITE problem with illegal immigrants in the area. All the LEGAL immigrants who went through the proper channels, should be outraged at the Illegal immigrant problem!! Maybe the LEGAL community should start reporting illegals, and make everything more stable and safe.

Contrary to what "...LEGAL

Contrary to what "...LEGAL latino" seems to believe, residents in South Minneapolis - Latino or otherwise - are not divided among themselves as a "legal community" and an "illegal community." I am "legal," and I AM outraged at the "illegal immigrant problem," but I'm outraged because we have a system so broken that people are stuck in their situations with no way out. And I'm outraged that people are being threatened and questioned based on the color of their skin, and I'm outraged that now there is nothing but fear in this community now when it comes to working with the Mpls police department. I could and maybe should go point by point through what was mentioned in the first posting, but I guess it is going to have to suffice to say that more than outrage I feel a deep frustration with the lack of understanding, knowledge, compassion, and awareness of how complex this situation is. It does no good to anyone to strike fear in a community of GOOD people, to break up families, and to create an atmosphere of intimidation and racial profiling that harkens back to the early days of the civil rights movement. We need comprehensive immigration reform, and we need it before more lives are traumatized and broken.

I suppose breaking up a

I suppose breaking up a prostitution ring of illegal immigrants involved in human trafficking is morally wrong.

Wait wait wait... "...we

Wait wait wait... *"...we have a system so broken that people are stuck in their situations with no way out."* Who has a system that is so broken? Everyone says immigrants come here to improve their life. So apparently the "system so broken" is the one back in their home country! Our system here seems to be doing pretty well for immigrants, at least the legal ones. And I know many of them. My ancestors were immigrants, and I know for a fact they struggled in the beginning. So who is going to fear the MPLS police department? Answer: Illegals. Well if you're breaking the law in ANY way, then guess what, you're going to fear ANY authorities. In fact, the people so outraged yesterday about the raid, are now finding out today that the raid was done to break up a prostitution ring that enslaved women from latino countries. So are you against the raid now? Are you saying you would prefer the raid didn't happen and that this prostitution ring should still be happening. Or are you just going to focus on the fact that there were 3 MPLS police officers, and that somehow discourages the community. And the people running away did not scream "Policia, policia!!!!" They screamed "ICE, ICE" They knew EXACTLY who to fear. In fact, this raid did more good for those women, even if they get sent home, then if it didn't happen and they were still stuck in that situation.