Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

More than 680 arrested in targeted nationwide ICE operations

Immigration arrests in LA spark fear, outrage, but officials say they are routine Los Angeles-area lawyers say immigration arrests have increased
Lance Thomas | 16 February, 2017, 10:59

Of the recent arrests, 190 were apprehended in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Atlanta area of operations, which includes Georgia, North Carolina and SC.

This past week Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested hundreds of people believed to be in the country illegally in at least a half a dozen states.

Immigrants and others affected by the roundups however, say differently.

The truth lies somewhere in between. Trump repeated that claim at a press conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, saying the Administration was focusing on getting the "really, really bad ones" deported.

The arrests were carried out by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, which had endorsed Trump during the presidential campaign.

ICE officials said 161 people from 13 countries were arrested in the Los Angeles area, all but 10 of whom were convicted criminals.

United States immigration agents conducted deportation raids throughout the country over the past week, sowing concern and confusion among immigrant communities who have been watching for signs of what the presidency of Donald Trump will mean for their future. At one point, he was dubbed the "Deporter in Chief" by his critics.

They also rejected the idea that ICE was acting no differently under Trump than it did under former President Barack Obama.

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Further, anyone who lies or misrepresents themselves before a government agency, or has abused any program related to the receipt of public benefits, is subject to deportation, according to Section 5 of the executive order.

It remains unclear exactly how many people ICE has arrested in the city in the past week, but ICE said Monday that it had arrested almost 100 people in both Carolinas. Raids took place in California earlier this week - men and women were pulled from their home and handcuffed.

ICE has a general policy not to make immigration arrests or take actions in so called sensitive locations, which include houses of worship.

"Those not being criminally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States".

The ICE agency has described the nationwide operations as "routine, daily, targeted operations" targeting "public safety threats" like criminal immigrants, gang members, and people who have been previously deported.

The Obama administration actively sought to deport immigrants.

"ICE does not conduct sweeps, checkpoints or raids that target aliens indiscriminately". In those cases, the individual's circumstances are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. "People like that were considered a priority under Obama and they were taking enforcement actions against people that were included in that group". He predicted Trump's directives would end that frustration. "I don't know how this became a right wing issue". For good reason, they feel they are in the new president's crosshairs.

Protesters Try to Bar US Education Chief From Entering a School
More than half of the comments that flooded in were on DeVos' nomination-and North Dakotans overwhelmingly rejected her. This was caused by the state government's own inability to allocate more resources to public schools, he said.

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