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    Officials tracking down illegal migrants at Head Start

    Posted on Thu, Aug. 28, 2008


    MILWAUKEE, Wis. --
    Immigration enforcement officials are now targeting migrant and seasonal Head Start centers in some states as part of efforts to track down illegal immigrants, the executive director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association says.

    Yvette Sanchez, president of the Washington, D.C.-based association, was in Milwaukee this weekend for a meeting of the national board of directors at United Migrant Opportunity Services Inc.

    She said immigration surveillance is emerging as one of the top three issues for the group, comprising migrant and seasonal Head Start directors, staff, parents and friends. Financial appropriations and the need for more bilingual materials are the others, she said.

    "Several kids and babies died in the fields because parents were fearful of sending them to Head Start,"' she said in an interview.

    "Since early 2007 many of our programs started to notice that Border Patrol of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) vehicles were parked outside their centers and some were following buses picking up children," she said.

    Jason Ciliberti, supervisory Border Patrol agent in Washington, D.C., said it's not the agency's policy to stake out Head Start centers.

    "It could have happened if we believe there was an immigration violation afoot, but it's not our policy or practice, I believe."'

    Gail Montenegro, a spokeswoman with ICE in Chicago, said, "All U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations are targeted based on leads received and subsequent investigations. Generally, our operations avoid actions at school settings. ... However, we will take into custody during these targeted operations anyone encountered who may be in the country illegally."

    In testimony before the congressional subcommittee on work force protections in May, ICE officials were provided with a list of dates and places regarding ICE activities near migrant and seasonal Head Start programs in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and New Mexico, according to a letter sent to ICE officials in Washington by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

    "We ask that ICE enforcement and intimidation tactics near migrant and seasonal Head Start centers cease immediately," U.S. congressmen Joe Baca, Luis V. Gutierrez and Ruben Hinojosa wrote.

    "Parents were fearful of going to the centers or letting their kids get on the bus, and enrollment went down in some parts," Sanchez said.

    Some centers have taken signs off the buildings and buses, she said.

    In Tennessee, one family took their baby with them to the fields and left the baby in the truck where the baby died, she said.

    The criteria for participating in migrant and seasonal Head Start programs is low family income and agricultural employment, she said. "Since the Head Start program was started in 1965, we have never asked families if they are citizens, and it's never been a requirement," she said.

    Migrant and seasonal Head Start programs operate in 39 states and serve more than 30,000 migrants and 3,000 children of seasonal farm workers, she said.

    They serve children from 6 months to school age and also provide a variety of health, nutritional and transportation services.

    United Migrant Opportunity Services operates eight migrant and seasonal Head Start programs in Wisconsin that serve 530 children.

    Cris Cuevas, director of the United Migrant program, said centers here have not been staked out by immigration officials.

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    It's about time! I and many others have not been able to get our own kids in Head Start programs because they were full and not enough money to fund them. WHY should ANY of those funds be spent on children of illegal aliens?!?!
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    Several kids and babies died in the fields because parents were fearful of sending them to Head Start,"' she said in an interview.
    I see...so illegal invaders would choose to allow their own kids to die in a field rather than seeking help for said children and risk possible deportation?

    I suppose it's the fault of ICE and our immigration policies that some idiot, who doesn't even deserve to own a dog, much less a child, would make such a decision!
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    This is where ICE needs to be. There should also be an ICE agent outside every free prenatal clinic in the country. Many many illegal aliens are women who have never worked in the USA, rather they are here having anchor babies and collecting the benefits.
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    The Free Clinics and all the so-called "Hispanic" community centers should be targeted...especially CASA of Maryland....they are so brazen that they advertise for illegal alien workers on Craig's list. Why isn't ICE arresting Gustavo Torres?

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    My daughter works at one and I know 100% for sure many are illegal.....that's in Florida though and it's a gov. day care.....they've been getting alot of visits lately and having alot of records checked and verfied.
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    What a good case for bringing about a clear definition of the 14th amendment. And for those parents who allow their children to die in the fields, they should be slammed in prison for not only paremtal neglect but abuse of minors. Where is a good lawyer when you need one?
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    "We ask that ICE enforcement and intimidation tactics near migrant and seasonal Head Start centers cease immediately," U.S. congressmen Joe Baca, Luis V. Gutierrez and Ruben Hinojosa wrote.
    All three Democrats with F- career grades at NumbersUSA. These guys are a three man wrecking crew when in comes to the enforcement of our immigration laws. These guys have their own personal agenda and fully support open borders and amnesty!

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    That's free babysitting. ........ 6 month old in head start do they pay a fee for this? I know just tax dollars at work for the most needed.

    I remember back in the 50's and early 60's migrant workers came to FL but wife and children not allowed. They worked the fields were housed than bused on. What happened to those days?

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    I.C.E. should "stake out" just about any school district in Texas for their pre-kindergarten thru 5th grade ILLEGAL Program and be able to pick up a good many ILLEGALS and their Anchor Babies.

    The ILLEGALS and their Anchor Babies in the Texas School System are so illiterate that ‚Äúour‚Ä

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