Metro West Daily News

On Sunday afternoon, in the basement of Our Lady of Guadalupe in New Bedford, I saw first-hand the pain and suffering of the families and community ripped apart by the actions of the Department of Homeland Security.

In my 45 years of public life, this was one of the most heartbreaking scenes I have ever witnessed. Babies were screaming for their mothers. Wives were desperately searching for information about their husbands. One father tearfully described the agony and sleeplessness of his young children who couldn’t understand why their mother had disappeared.

Shock, confusion and despair were the order of the day.

I was reminded of the tragedy and human suffering that we all witnessed after the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina. Such human tragedy is heartbreaking when it is caused by a natural disaster. But when it is the product of a government agency’s failures, it is utterly unconscionable.

These men and women had not harmed anyone. They were victims of exploitation, forced to work under barbaric conditions by an employer who knew that they could not afford to complain. Their children - many of whom are United States citizens - had done nothing wrong at all. None of them had any reason to expect that the Department of Homeland Security would decide to make an example out of them.

This is the haphazard way DHS handles the problem of illegal immigration.

They have said that they had planned this raid for months, but had made no provision to house the workers they arrested. Instead, the workers were rounded up and immediately transported by DHS to Texas and other states, far from their families, without even an opportunity to say goodbye.

The DHS knew that many of these workers had children at home, but they did not do nearly enough to protect them. As a result, children came back to empty homes; at least one nursing baby went to the hospital with dehydration; and hundreds cried themselves to sleep, wondering where their loved ones were and why they had disappeared.

The treatment of these workers is sharply different from the treatment given so far to the owner of Michael Bianco, Inc. His factory abused undocumented workers for years, and he reaped lucrative government contracts made even more profitable by underpaying and overworking the undocumented. However, he is now free on bail and was free to take a trip to Puerto Rico.

There is no clearer proof that our immigration system is badly broken. It is swift to punish a handful of exploited workers, but slow and uncertain in addressing the employers who exploit them. Clearly, the time has come to address these inequities.

We must enforce our nation’s immigration laws. But the raids in New Bedford and elsewhere are merely a stopgap solution that unfairly penalizes vulnerable workers in an already flawed system.

There are 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Arresting 300 of them may generate some headlines for DHS, but such raids do not begin to solve the immigration issue.

To make real progress, I have proposed comprehensive immigration reform. That legislation will create a program whereby undocumented workers who are already in the United States can earn legalization by working and paying taxes over many years. It will also hold employers accountable for verifying the immigration status of the workers they hire, and significantly increase penalties against employers who hire and exploit undocumented workers. Such legislation offers a practical alternative to the chaos of the current system.

Today, we must pull together just as we did in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The administration must not flee the scene of this disaster. Instead, DHS must be held accountable for its failure to take adequate steps to protect innocent children from the fallout from this raid. We owe that much to our neighbors in New Bedford - and to workers in communities across the country who have experienced similar raids.

I have also asked DHS to meet with me, the rest of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Scott Lang this week to explore immediately what can be done to reunite families and restore some order to their lives. These workers may lack documents, but they do not lack dignity, and they do not lack friends.


10 Responses to “Kennedy Tells Sob Story”

  1. 1 George(formerly-Ed)

    Kennedy is a traitor, and should be treated as such.so should Bush.I still dont understand why the politicians that are suppose to be on our side dont start a national patision to inpeach Bush & chenny & recall all of the piliticions that are egnoring to will of the people???

  2. 2 litew8

    “Kennedy Tells Sob Story”

    HOW HE LIVES WITH HIMSELF?

    “In my 45 years of public life, this was one of the most heartbreaking scenes I have ever witnessed. Babies were screaming for their mothers. Wives were desperately searching for information about their husbands. One father tearfully described the agony and sleeplessness of his young children who couldn?t understand why their mother had disappeared.”

    WHAT ABOUT THE BABIES/CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS GOT KILLED BY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN DRUNK DRIVER? EVER SEE ONE OF THEM KENEDY?

    WHAT ABOUT THE CRACK ADDICT BABIES BEING BORN BY DRUG ADICTS WHO GETS THEIR DRUGS FROM ILLEGAL ALIENS? EVER SEE ONE OF THEM KENEDY? IT’S A KNOWN FACT THAT 80% OF THE METH COMES FROM MEXICO, THE DRUG COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.

    LETS NOT FORGET, OUR COUNTRY TAKES AWAY CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS EVERYDAY. EVERYDAY. IF THEY BREAK THE LAWS, THEY ARE SENT TO PRISON. THEY ARE SEPERATED. I DON’T SEE KENEDY BAWLING OVER THEM.

    AND THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE. THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS CAN BE DEPORTED (NOT IMPRISONED) RIGHT ALONG WITH THE REST OF THEIR FAMILY.

    “proof that our immigration system is badly broken”

    HOW CAN IT BE BROKEN (MORON) IF IT HASN’T BEEN ENFORCED! THERE’S 10’s OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HERE UNLAWFULLY! AND THIS GUY HAS THE NERVE TO SAY “BADLY BROKEN”? IS HE SERIOUS? WHAT A CROCK OF SH!T!!! THIS GUY IS.

  3. 3 Jimmy

    The same old Kenedy line. Find the poor, downtrodden, supposedly oppressed and make big hay over it. Robert did it, teddy does it. teddy couldn’t care less,
    in reality for these people. He never takes them home to live with him! All he does is take other peoples money by force, to give to them, and grow government. What a world class sh’t bag.

    Here teddy, teddy. Here boy. Take some reconquista gangbangers and take them home with you. Here boy. Hey stop chasing the chicas. No boy, bad teddy.

    Like I said a world class sh’tbag.

    Kenedy, purposely misspelled. He doesn’t deserve 2 n’s.

    Ughhhhh!!!!!!

  4. 4 Faye

    Eddie!!!!

    Where’s the puke bucket?!!!!

  5. 5 Eddie B.

    BARF!!!! Couldn’t get it out fast enough Faye.

    TEDDY PLEASE TEST DRIVE A HUMMER OFF THAT BRIDGE YOU LIKE SO MUCH. YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO HAVE A FEW DRINKS BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE TOO.

  6. 6 DfD

    This reminds me of the Tookie Williams death sentence being carried out with Jesse Jackson being questioned by Jihn Zigler (KFI 640), as to which of the victims families agreed with Jesse, that Tookie’s death sentence should not be carried out. JJ was asked if he knew any of the names of the victims that Tookie savagely MURDERED. He didn’t even know their names! I’d venture to say Teddy doesn’t know the name………….Mary Jo! What a hypocrite! If he bought some CARBON OFFSET CREDITS, would that make him feel better?

  7. 7 Mary

    Too bad Teddy wasn’t a bleeding heart for poor Mary Jo Koepechne, whom he left to drown trapped in his car while he heartlessly walked home and slept a full night’s sleep before calling the police. She might still be alive if he had tried to get help instead of putting his political career first.

  8. 8 DfD

    Correction! That’s John Zigler (KFI 640)

  9. 9 Vincent Narodnik

    Shock, confusion and despair were the order of the day.
    Uh, yeah. right, lardass.
    But for us.
    Shock, confusion and despair is life as usual down meheeko way, so dont pretend to have had heart pangs when witnessing “real life” for once.
    I dont like to think what I think would be a fitting payment for Teddys 45 years of ‘public service’
    At the same time, I hope he gets that, plus interest.

  10. 10 Cribster

    Two babies were taken to the hospital because of pneumonia, hence the reason for dehydration, something most of the news failed to mention. Where is child protective services? These children were obviously neglected on their mothers watch.

    On the same day of the raid, just as in everyday, 25 American citizens were killed and 8 American children molested, all at the hands of illegals. Where’s your compassion for them Kennedy?!?!

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