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Deportation of Mexican-Americans © Judith Baca
Deportation of Mexican-Americans © Judith Baca. About this mural.

Border Patrol agents arrested more than 400 undocumented immigrants during sweeps in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in early June 2004. In response, Cardinal Roger Mahony issued a letter asking for a meeting with top federal officials to address concerns that such immigration tactics have generated fear, confusion, and anger throughout Hispanic neighborhoods in Southern California. Bishop Edward Clark also issued a statement calling for an immediate moratorium on the immigration raids.

The City Project’s Executive Director Robert García testified on June 25, 2004, before a State Assembly hearing on the raids.

The Los Angeles Times reported on June 26, 2004, that pressure from community leaders had prompted Undersecretary of Homeland Security Asa Hutchinson to call a halt to the sweeps and agree to a review of the responsible Border Patrol operation. Hutchinson acknowledged that the raids were not consistent with department policy.

The Times also reported that while “Hutchinson pledged to keep a closer eye on such operations in the future,” he “…did not discount that there would be similar sweeps in the coming months.”

We urge you to seek justice and peace by writing to President George W. Bush and Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein supporting the moratorium on immigration raids:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Senator Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senate
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510