Guidelines to humanize immigration raids
By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
November 24, 2007
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has formally adopted federal guidelines aimed at softening treatment of illegal immigrants arrested in work-site raids who are pregnant, nursing infants or serving as sole caregivers to children or seriously ill relatives.
The federal guidelines, publicly released last week, say that agents should develop a comprehensive plan to identify such people in raids targeting more than 150 people and work with social service agencies to assess humanitarian needs when deciding whether to detain them while processing their deportation cases.