ICE Arrests A Legal Resident at 4:30am in NJ

A woman legally in the United States was awoken at 4:30am by ICE agents beating on here door. The agents taunted this woman, Maria Argueta, by singing “Maria has Gone” and telling her that she’d better be careful because there were many men were they were taking her. This conduct cannot and should not be tolerated. Sadly it seems this is the norm.

Immigration agents came at 4:30 a.m. – Hudson Reporter
By Tricia Tirella Reporter Staff Writer

A North Bergen woman who had been granted Temporary Protection Status in the United States since 2001 was detained for almost 36 hours in a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid titled “Operation Return to Sender” this past January.

To this date, she still has not gotten her passport and jewelry back.

Maria Argueta of North Bergen and 12 other plaintiffs who were snagged in “pre-dawn” raids by the U.S. government are now part of a lawsuit filed on their behalf by the Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Social Justice and Lowenstein Sandler, PC, on April 3.

The terrible details continue:

According to Farbenblum, the basement tenants opened the door to the apartment because the ICE agents said that they were police and said they were looking for a male criminal. They then phoned Argueta’s brother, who alerted his sister that she needed to let the agents in.

This will keep happening unless we stand up for the rights of our fellow human beings. It’s bad enough ICE’s operation was titled “Return to Sender”, but to have innocent people dragged out of their homes is unacceptable.

(image taken from Vivir Latino. A blog working for migrant rights.)

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