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El Balazo Post-Mortem

2008_05_elbal.jpgThe Merc files the most extensive piece yet on the immigration raids at El Balazo, detailing everything, including how the stings started with a sneaky, innocuous burrito order: "...plainclothes agents showed up at the restaurant where he works just off Highway 101 in San Francisco. 'The first one ordered chorizo and eggs ... The next one ordered a burrito with carne asada. The woman ordered a burrito with beans.' But then the woman, he said, asked for a bathroom key and disappeared. Soon after, Sanchez said, the restaurant was stormed by uniformed agents who closed off the establishment and began questioning all the workers inside." [SJMN]