Immigration and Customs Enforcement has launched series of raids, traffic stops, checkpoints across the country. Hundreds of undocumented immigrants across the nation were arrested in a series of raids that marked the first large-scale enforcement of Trump’s executive order,
The raids which mainly targeted known criminals, also netted some immigrants who didn’t have criminal records.
Trump has pledged a deportation for up to 3 million illegals with criminal records. This is similar enforcement to Obama’s, back in his presidency, that aimed to just corral and deport those who had committed crimes. However, Trump made a change last month to the Obama administration’s policy of prioritizing deportation for convicted criminals, substantially broadening the scope of who the Department of Homeland Security can target, to include those with only minor offenses or those with no convictions at all.
From Washington Post,
Immigration officials confirmed that agents this week raided homes and workplaces in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, the Los Angeles area, North Carolina and South Carolina, netting hundreds of people. But Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said they were part of “routine” immigration enforcement actions. ICE dislikes the term “raids,” and prefers to say authorities are conducting “targeted enforcement actions.”
Word of the raids quickly circulated among immigrants, their supporters and took a place on Social Media creating such widespread panic in immigrant communities.
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