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    CA-Immigration raid at a Palm Springs bakery nets 51 arrests

    Immigration raid at a Palm Springs bakery nets 51 arrests
    Nicole Brambila • The Desert Sun • September 10, 2008

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    Fifty-one people were arrested today during an illegal immigration raid at a Palm Springs bakery, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. However, 24 were released because they are the primary caregivers of children or elderly adults.


    More than 60 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers conducted the raid at Palm Springs Baking Co., 1196 Montalvo Way, near the Palm Springs International Airport.

    The majority of the arrests were for living and working in the United States without documentation.

    Supervisor Margarita Hernandez Aviles, 52, of Cathedral City, was arrested on suspicion of continuing to employ an unauthorized alien, ICE authorities said.

    Her son, Lorenzo Hernandez, said: "If they've got something, say there's illegals working here, then go to the owners. Why her?" He said she's been a supervisor for 20 years and makes less than $11 an hour a a translator.

    However, ICE officials said the raid was conducted because of allegations that managers and supervisors at the company extorted money from undocument immigrants -- guaranteeing them a job if they paid $3,000. They received a tip about the allegations in 2006.

    "Employment is a magnet," said Jorge Guzman, assistant special agent in charge with ICE. "It's an exploitation of human cargo, that's what it is."

    Brandon Tesmer of Huntington Beach, CEO of the company, said the company has been in the valley for 20 years.

    "We've worked with INS in the past," Tesmer said. "We'll work with them now. We've done everything right."

    Workers intermittingly came out of the building and rummaged through their vehicles for paperwork to hand to agents.

    One woman ran up to the building, saying her mother was in there, then ran away after she was deterred by ICE officers.

    Those trying to find out information about arrested family members today can call (909) 286-3324, ICE officials said. After today, they can call (213) 830-4930.

    The officers came from the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, about 11 a.m. after convening there about 9 this morning.

    Federal Food and Drug Administration officers also participated in the operation.


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    Where are the green carders and i-9ers? They are coming!

    No Americans Jobs!
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    Oh we have many illegals! But the new fight which we must fight is legal immigration. Dear Lord Help Us!

    The i-9's and the green cards are killing the jobs totally for Americans.

    Where are the Americans working?

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    BALTIMORE -- A Snow Hill man will spend three years in prision for trying to bribe state and federal officals in a scheme that cluminated in raids on several Lower Shore businesses last fall.

    Javed Iqbal, 40, was also given three years supervised release Tuesday for a racketeering conspiracy related to a scheme to bribe officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to illegally obtain green cards and the Maryland Comptroller's Office to receive abatement of state taxes, said officials from the U. S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

    REMEMBER THIS BECAUSE THIS IS THE LOOPHOLE... ALL FOREIGNERS WANT I-9'S AND GREEN CARDS AND ETC. THEN THE AMERICANS JOBS ARE THEIR'S LEGALLY AND THE BABIES PRODUCED ARE AMERICANS?
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    Wow!! The raids are really picking up in frequency recently, aren't they?

    Big companies, small companies, in-between sized companies.......good strategy to always keep those employers waiting, wondering, and worrying.

    Round and round enforcement goes, where ICE will strike one never knows..........
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    Way to go I.C.E.!!! As long as you are in the state, drive West and raid all of L.A. you can even pick a place at random, success is virtually guaraanteed.

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    [quote="Buzzm1"]Way to go I.C.E.!!! As long as you are in the state, drive West and raid all of L.A. you can even pick a place at random, success is virtually guaraanteed.[/quote

    While I do LOVE to read about the raids, leave it to an alipac'er to turn up the laughter! Thanks, Buzzm1 you made my enjoyment even better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzm1
    Way to go I.C.E.!!! As long as you are in the state, drive West and raid all of L.A. you can even pick a place at random, success is virtually guaraanteed.
    That's what I was thinking.
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    Call ICE and thank them!

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    Send 'em packin!

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    Thanks for the youtube link dep0rt! Cool school band!
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    Immigration raid hits Palm Springs bakery


    08:30 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 10, 2008

    By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
    The Press-Enterprise

    A Palm Springs bakery has been accused of hiring 51 illegal immigrant workers and demanding $3,000 payments to work there, according to a filing made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Riverside's federal court.

    On Wednesday, officers raided Palm Springs Baking Co. at Montalvo Way behind Palm Springs International Airport and arrested Margarita Avilez Hernandez, a 52-year-old supervisor, and 36-year-old Alicia Ramirez, a former supervisor. The two face up to six months in prison and fines of $3,000 for each illegal immigrant working at the company.

    Authorities reviewed the Social Security numbers for 133 employees and determined that 106 were fraudulent. They also found 97 of 117 Social Security numbers used by employees at Just Off Melrose Inc., a bread bakery in the same building and under the same ownership as Palm Springs Bakery Co., were also false.


    Eduardo Carmona, another supervisor at the bakery company is named in the court filing but hasn't been charged.

    Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the two-year investigation is ongoing.

    Of 51 illegal workers at the bakery, 27 were detained and transferred to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Lancaster. The rest were processed and released before their immigration hearings.

    Since Sept. 30, 2007, the enforcement unit has made 1,070 criminal arrests at workplaces and detained 4,700 illegal workers for immigration violations, according to a statement from the group.

    In 2007, Riverside-based Golden State Fence Co. was forced to forfeit $4.7 million in profits after authorities discovered executives were repeatedly hiring illegal workers.

    The company had won a $22.8 million contract in 1997 to build a 14-mile fence on the border.
    Of 534 employees in its Riverside and Oceanside offices, 157 were illegal immigrants.

    Melvin Kay, the company's president, was fined $200,000. Michael McLaughlin, the company's vice president, was fined $100,000. Each was sentenced to three years probation and 180 days of house arrest.

    Reach Kimberly Pierceall at 951-
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