BREAKING: WOW! Trump Administration Begins Major Deportation Raids Across the U.S.!
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents detained scores of immigrants across the Los Angeles area in a massive deportation operation on Thursday, following President Donald Trump’s harsh executive order stepping up the crackdown of immigrants with criminal offenses living in the country illegally.
Coming on the heels of President Donald Trump's executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations, reports of immigration sweeps this week sparked concern among immigration advocates and families. Trump's order is currently on hold.
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said in a statement, "Reports of raids in immigrant communities are a grave concern."
David Marin, director of enforcement and removal for the Los Angeles field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said, the enforcement actions took place in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
The immigration sweeps are believed to have taken place across Southern California in Santa Paula, Oxnard, Van Nuys, San Bernardino, and Downey.
As of Thursday night, the ICE agency denied that it had detained 100 immigrants, the original figure given by lawyers who said that the number comes from a list of immigrants apprehended at the ICE office in Los Angeles.
“Our operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities,” ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice wrote in an email to ThinkProgress. She said officers conduct “routine” enforcement actions to arrest “known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions.”
Kice added that the agency prioritizes cases based on factors such as the person’s criminal and immigration history, “as well as the viability of the leads we have on the individual’s possible whereabouts.”
But advocates disagree. They say that this particular raid was not “routine” and that the immigrants detained did not pose a risk to their communities.
Routine immigration operations typically detain three to five people — but a sweep across seven counties to round up people appears to be a direct consequence of Trump’s recent executive order that gives broad power for agents to detain 'immigrants' (??!! What about ILLEGALS crossing this nation's borders in the thousands?), advocates said.
Trump’s order gave agents greater authority to arrest “removable aliens” who “have been convicted of any criminal offense,” may not have left the country after receiving a final order of removal, or can pose a public safety or national security risk as determined by an immigration officer.
Jorge-Mario Cabrera, the Director of Communications at the immigrant advocacy group Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), told ThinkProgress that the immigrants arrested this week were “low-priority.
Cabrera said that, by late Thursday evening, lawyers were able to consult 16 people detained in the raids who do not, in fact, have criminal records. One of those detainees has two U.S. born children (this is the 'strategy' used to have 'legal' grounds to remain here soaking freebies off hard working Americans while demonstrating in LaRaza riots, communing with muslim jahidas, etc), no criminal background, and has spent 'years' living in the United States.