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February 2009 , Page 53 

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Cold ICE Brings Heat, But Not Light, To Immigration Debate 2008 — The Year in Immigration Enforcement

By Ivan J. Dominguez

Cold ICE Brings Heat, But Not Light, To Immigration Debate

2008 — The Year in Immigration Enforcement

In the aftermath of the congressional failure of the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform legislation in the summer of 2007, which would have resulted in comprehensive immigration reform, the issue of how to fairly and effectively enforce U.S. immigration laws is proving to be as vexing and divisive as ever.

Inherently unjust mass trials, known as “Operation Streamline,” which began in 2005, continued in 2008. It was also a record arrest year for workplace immigration raids. Local and state governments persisted in their efforts to arrogate to themselves immigration enforcement authority. And discrimination, violence, and even murder of those perceived to be immigrants –unauthorized or otherwise — galvanized communities from the Long Island seashore and the five boroughs of New York City to the border towns in the desert southwest and rural agricultural centers in the heartland of America.

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