Deportations Surge As ICE Embarks On 'Enforcement Surge'

Jenna Warner
February 12, 2017

Protesters took to the streets in Los Angeles on Thursday evening after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reportedly raided homes and communities around the city and detained over 100 people in a mere three hours.

USA immigration authorities launched a series of raids, traffic stops and checkpoints in at least half a dozen states across the country on Thursday and Friday, sweeping up an unknown number of undocumented immigrants, immigration lawyers and advocates said.

Atlanta-area immigration attorneys and advocates say federal immigration officials have recently increased the number of immigration arrests.

'We are looking into them.

A US congressman confirmed reported Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids are part of an operation that spans through south and central Texas.

"ICE is not releasing their names".

The ones that did not have a critical record, but were undocumented were only arrested.

These types of fear-inducing rhetoric comes despite statements from ICE and DHS that the operation is part of a routinely recurring operation targeting criminal aliens. He said police officers were not aware of the ICE operation beforehand and did not know why the suspect was stopped.

"The rash of these recent reports about ICE checkpoints and random sweeps and the like, it's all false, and that's definitely unsafe and irresponsible", Marin told the paper.

According to the New York Times, this order stipulates "that undocumented immigrants convicted of any criminal offense - and even those who have not been charged but are believed to have committed "acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense" - have become a priority for deportation".

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that up to eight million people will now be targeted for deportation. Another five or so were collared, though it's not clear why.

"Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions", she said.

The raids came to the attention of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) yesterday because immigrants were phoning in reports of federal arrests in Santa Paula, Oxnard, Van Nuys, San Bernardino and Downey, according to the nonprofit.

For hours into the night on Wednesday, protesters blocked ICE agents as they transported Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, a Phoenix mother who had reportedly spent 22 years illegally in the USA, in a van en route to Nogales, Mexico.

ICE officers have called the five-day sweep last week a routine "enforcement surge" and criticized media reports about their actions.

"I'm afraid the fear is so deep right now that (immigrants) are going to be afraid to talk to me for legal advice", she said. "They took my family away".

Michael Kagan, a professor of immigration law at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, told Reuters that the latest action against immigrants could provide insight into enforcement action which Trump may order in the future.

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