Welcome to Wacky World. The INS called a town hall meeting in Houston to calm the fears of illegal aliens. You see, there's a rumor going around Houston's illegal alien community that the INS is actually doing its job and conducting raids.
The INS called the meeting to inform the illegal aliens that they are, in fact, not doing their job. The Houston Police chimed in with confirmation that they are prevented by local laws from following federal laws:
The rumors have persisted for weeks, causing illegal immigrants within the Hispanic community to flee or hide.
"People are staying home. They don't even go to work, they don't go shopping, they don't go have fun, because they are scared. And it's not true -- that's not happening," said Escamillo.
"We are not conducting mass raids of work sites, of schools, of construction sites. That is not the case," said ICE official Joe Webber.
Yes, it does seem like a bad Twilight Zone episode.
Immigration2003 · Tue, 04/27/2004 - 18:47 · Importance: 1