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Immigration raid ousts 1,200 illegal janitors

November 10, 2009
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MINNEAPOLIS — Last month, 1,200 illegal immigrant janitors working for ABM Janitorial Services were fired after U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) put pressure on the company to provide proof of the janitors'' right to work in the United States, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
According to the story, The non-profit Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota was called in by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the union representing the illegals, to give workers legal advice.
The SEIU worked with ABM Janitorial and ICE to give employees more time to show proper documents; each Monday, another batch of workers who failed to show proper documentation was fired, the story stated.
ABM Janitorial, which, for whatever reason, has not been fined regarding this ordeal, has filled the open positions, the story noted.
Many are concerned over the apparent soft action by the current administration because, unlike previous raids where undocumented workers were arrested and deported, the 1,200 janitors found to be working illegally were neither detained nor arrested, leaving them free to enter the American workforce again, the story added.
Mark Cangemi, a retired ICE official, said: "Why give people an opportunity to leave the employment without taking any action against them as individuals? Put them into proceedings. Let them argue their case. If they have a case that allows them to remain in the United States under the law, so be it. If they don''t, then the law stands to be enforced."
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