Briefly: ICE raid removes family from Fair Haven home

A Fair Haven woman remains in a Maine detention facility weeks after the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency conducted a raid on her home in search of illegal immigrants last month. Julia Morales, a 44-year-old Pentecostal pastor who has lived in the area for the last 25 years, was arrested along with her husband, Juan, and two others living in the house after eight agents entered and searched the house and asked all present for valid identification. Controversy has raged over such immigration raids ever since 2007, when ICE agents detained 32 illegal immigrants from New Haven. New Haven Community Services Administrator Kica Matos said the Morales’ detention was unwarranted. “She has not received so much as a traffic ticket,” she said. “She should not have been a priority.”

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