New Bedford Fishery Workers Spooked By Rumors Of Impending Immigration Raid

New Bedford Fishery Workers Spooked By Rumors Of Impending Immigration Raid

Masts of a fishing ship in port in New Bedford, Mass. Credit: Phillip Martin

Rumors have been circulating for months on the docks of New Bedford. Workers have been hearing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are coming. 

Jon Mitchell, New Bedford’s Harvard-educated mayor, told WGBH News, “It’s hard to tell whether some of those reports are apocryphal or whether they reflect an actual enforcement initiative, but either way it’s putting individuals on edge.”  

And those rumors have gained greater currency with reported sightings of official Homeland Security vehicles in the area. Denise Porché, Executive Director of the Island Foundation, said, “I saw a Homeland Security command center on Route 24. It was as tall as an 18-wheeler. And it was brand-spanking new and white with the big Homeland Security seal on it.”

Read the rest of this article on WGBH News – HERE

 

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