HOUSTON, April 21 (2008) —“I’m going to bring my wife and kids to march May Day this year, that’s going to be my protest of these raids,” a Latino worker who lives across the street from a Shipley Do-Nuts warehouse and company housing compound told the Militant. Twenty Shipley’s workers were arrested in an April 16 raid by federal immigration police.
“I looked down the street and I see all these cop cars in front of the trailers,” the worker, who asked that his name not be printed, said. “I know these people, they’ve never caused any problems, they just worked hard like everybody in this neighborhood—and working for Shipley they don’t make much either. This is completely unjust.”
“That’s just people trying to work, they come into the country to try and feed their family,” Derek Shumake, who also lives across the street, told the Houston Chronicle. “They work hard, and they do jobs most people won’t.”