Feds Arrest 29 Illegals in New Haven

Raid follows controversial ID cards for undocumented immigrants
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Jun 7, 2007 12:21 PM CDT
Feds Arrest 29 Illegals in New Haven
This is an example of the proposed ID card that New Haven Mayor John DeStefano is proposed the city adopt as seen Monday, June 4, 2007, in New Haven, Conn. The Board of Aldermen is ready to vote on a proposal to allow the city to issue identification cards for illegal immigrants and others. Supporters...   (Associated Press)

Immigration agents arrested 29 illegal immigrants in New Haven on Wednesday, two days after the city OKed a new program to give municipal ID cards to illegals. The Mayor was skeptical of the timing, suggesting the feds targeted the city politically. "There are in America 11,000 cities, towns and villages," he pointed out, "and within 36 hours the response is in New Haven."

The feds say the operations were "routine," and that the immigrants rounded up would likely be deported. Supporters of the ID program, which passed the Board of Aldermen 25-1 on Monday, said it would help protect New Haven's 15,000 illegal immigrants from robbery by giving them access to bank accounts. (More immigration stories.)

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