It is estimated that 12-million people are living in this country illegally.
As demonstrated Tuesday, some could be your next door neighbors.
Wednesday, the response to the raid is mixed.
Jose Botello's says his story is one of success.
He first came to the United States from Mexico in the 1970's illegally.
Jose said, “I came to United States because there was nothing in Mexico, we were so poor.”
Botello became a legal resident of the United States after receiving amnesty in 1986, and now owns his own store in South Bend.
He says many of the 36 people arrested during Tuesday’s immigration and customs enforcement raid at Janco were his customers.
Jose added, “I feel so sad, I was crying yesterday, the people that I know I know them as workers, hard workers.”
Immigrations and customs enforcement says hard working or not, those 36 people were in the country illegally.
They now face deportation.
Federal officials have not said whether managers at Janco will face criminal charges.
Fred Thon stated, “An employer is not required to be an immigration specialist, they are required to ask for certain identity and employment eligibility documents from their workers.”
Thon, Assistant to the South Bend Mayor, says forged documents may have been presented to the employer.
He says rather than looking to hold someone responsible, what needs to be looked at is immigration policy in the United States.
Thon added, “There’s way more jobs available and need for people to come in than there are possibilities of coming in legally.”
Until reform is made, ICE says they will continue to do their job, enforcing more than four hundred customs and immigration codes, and deporting those who are in the country illegally.
One argument that is commonly made in support of immigration reform is that illegal’s take jobs that citizens do not want.
That is apparently not so with these jobs at Janco.
We received an e-mail from a woman who went to apply, and she said there were at least twenty other people there applying for those jobs Wednesday.
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