Immigration News Briefs
Vol. 9, No. 22 - June 10, 2006

1. Memphis Chemical Plants Raided
2. Wichita Recycling Firms Raided
3. Restaurants Busted in Ohio, Kentucky
4. Acquitted Palestinian Deported

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*1. MEMPHIS CHEMICAL PLANTS RAIDED

On May 26, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents
arrested 25 Mexican immigrants working on the premises of a
DuPont Co. chemical plant in Memphis, Tennessee. The workers were
employed by Lucite International Inc., and by Arkema, the
chemical unit of French oil company Total SA, at an industrial
park complex owned by DuPont. None of the men arrested was a
DuPont employee or contractor, according to Tennessee DuPont
spokesperson Chris Caldwell. DuPont cooperated with ICE to
arrange on-site screenings of workers at the plant. The raid was
carried out by ICE special agents with agents and officers of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Shelby County
Sheriff's Office. The arrested workers had used fraudulent
documents and made false statements to gain employment with
Lucite and Arkema. Some were also identified as having illegally
re-entered the country after being previously deported. David
Kustoff, the US Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee,
will be evaluating each case for possible federal criminal
prosecution. [ICE News Release 6/6/06; AP 6/6/06]

*2. WICHITA RECYCLING FIRMS RAIDED

On June 6, ICE special agents arrested 11 immigrant workers at
three scrap metal businesses in Wichita, Kansas. The raids were
carried out in coordination with the Wichita Police Department,
which served simultaneous search and arrest warrants at American
Can Inc. and two locations of Kansas Can Inc. The raids followed
an undercover Wichita police investigation into whether the three
companies were bilking customers by cheating on the weight of the
recycled scrap metal they purchase. Wichita police sought ICE
assistance because they suspected a number of the employees at
all three locations were not authorized to work in the US.

One of the arrested workers was a 55-year-old Cuban who was
already in removal proceedings. The other 10 were from Mexico;
all have been placed into removal proceedings. Seven of the
Mexicans were released under supervision, with notices to appear
before immigration judges and an order to periodically check in
with the local ICE office. The other four workers, including the
Cuban, have criminal records and are being detained. [ICE News
Release 6/8/06]

*3. RESTAURANTS BUSTED IN OHIO, KENTUCKY

On June 5, ICE agents detained nine men and three women in a raid
targeting a popular Chinese buffet restaurant in Fairfield, Ohio,
north of Cincinnati. Bee's Buffet owner Jing Fei Jiang, who had
apparently ignored a deportation order issued years earlier, was
among 10 people arrested at his home; two other people were
arrested later in the day at the restaurant. Authorities also
seized evidence from both the home and restaurant, including
cash, records, receipts and a new SUV. Officials say Jiang housed
the workers from China and Mexico and paid them in cash.
[ChannelCincinnati.com 6/5/06; FOX19 News 6/6/06]

On June 6, a federal grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, indicted
Chinese restaurant owner Jian Tian Lin and his brother, Jian Chai
Lin, on charges of illegally harboring, transporting and
employing unauthorized immigrant workers for financial gain. The
brothers, both out-of-status immigrants themselves, were arrested
on May 10 as part of an ICE worksite enforcement investigation.
Jian Tian Lin is in federal custody; Jian Chai Lin has been
released on bond. Their arraignment is set for June 27. The
brothers allegedly housed the Mexican and Chinese immigrant
workers at a residence and transported them to and from work at
Jian Tian Lin's Golden China Buffet restaurant in Radcliff. At
the time of the arrests, seven unauthorized immigrant workers
were found at either the residence or the restaurant. [ICE News
Release 6/7/06]

*4. ACQUITTED PALESTINIAN DEPORTED

On May 23, US government officials deported Palestinian native
and Tampa resident Sameeh Hammoudeh by taking him to Jordan.
Hammoudeh then crossed into the Occupied West Bank to be reunited
with his wife and six children, according to his attorney,
Stephen Bernstein. "He's home in the West Bank," Bernstein said.
"He's in Ramallah." Hammoudeh had been in US federal custody
since February 2003. Last Dec. 6, a jury acquitted Hammoudeh of
charges that he was involved in raising money in Tampa for the
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). As part of a June 2005 plea deal
in a separate tax fraud case, Hammoudeh and his wife had already
agreed to be deported. Hammoudeh's wife was deported in February,
but Bernstein had to sue the government in federal court to
expedite Hammoudeh's deportation. Bernstein said the Israeli
government granted permission on Apr. 20 for Hammoudeh to enter
the Occupied West Bank. A federal judge reviewing the lawsuit
gave immigration officials until May 24 to deport Hammoudeh or
explain why they continued to hold him. [AP 5/25/06; Washington
Post 12/7/05]

The same jury that acquitted Hammoudeh on Dec. 6 also acquitted
his co-defendant, Kuwait-born Palestinian professor Sami Al-
Arian, of eight charges in the Tampa "terror" case, and
deadlocked on another nine charges. On Apr. 14, Al-Arian made a
deal with the government and pled guilty to one count of
conspiring to provide support to the PIJ. The plea deal, which
was unsealed in federal court on Apr. 17, was supposed to allow
Al-Arian to be sentenced to time served and quickly deported. But
at the May 1 sentencing hearing where the deal was expected to be
confirmed, Judge James S. Moody Jr. of Federal District Court in
Tampa instead sentenced Al-Arian to an additional 19 months in
prison--the maximum allowed under sentencing guidelines. The
prosecution had asked for him to be sentenced at the low end of
the guidelines. [New York Times 5/2/06; WP 4/18/06]

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