MAYOR OF DADE CITY ON CRACKDOWN ON MEXICANS-Andrew Stelzer

03/30/04

Last week, we reported on the arrests of several dozen illegal Mexican immigrants in Dade City, Clearwater, and the general Tampa Bay area. The first arrest was made when a man who had been working for Florida Frame and Trim, doing construction, was injured on the job. He asked for medical attention, but instead, his boss called the authorities; that man and 16 others were arrested. Following the initial arrests, there were several unconfirmed reports of more arrests throughout the areas. Community advocates met with The Mexican consul and the mayor of Dade City to discuss what was being perceived as a crackdown by federal agencies; they also met with Congresswoman Ginny Browne-Waite. To further complicate the problem, it was not clear which federal agencies were making the arrests, now it has come to light that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency made at least. WMNF spoke with Scott Black, the mayor of Dade City about the situation and the meetings he’s had; he said that some of the reports were indeed true, but false rumors put people in more fear than necessary.

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That was Scott Black, the mayor of Dade City. To reach congresswoman Ginny Brown Waite, call 352-567-6707

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