US federal immigration agents (ICE) arrested hundreds of illegal immigrants in 4 states last week in what officials Friday called routine enforcement actions.
Reports of immigration sweeps last week sparked concern among immigration advocates and families, coming in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and immigrants from 7 majority-Muslim nations.
That order is currently staid and in litigation.
Fear coursing through immigrant homes is palpable, as the nation becomes more Law & Order orientited under President Trump and USAG Sessions
The enforcement actions took place in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and surrounding areas, said the Director of Enforcement & Removal for the Los Angeles field office of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) .
Under the Obama Admin US immigration law was not an enforcement priority
ICE did not release a total number of detainees.
The Atlanta office, which covers 3 states, arrested 200 people, a spokesman for the office, said. The 161 arrests in the Los Angeles area were made in a region that included 7 highly populated counties.
The 5-day enforcement surge will likely become routine going forward under President Trump and his DOJ, and illegal immigrants nationwide are reportedly in a panic.
Of the people arrested in Southern California, just 10 did not have criminal records, of those, 5 had prior deportation orders. Immigration advocates are concerned that the arrests signal the beginning of more aggressive enforcement and increased deportations under President Trump.
President Trump recently broadened the categories of people who could be targeted for immigration enforcement to anyone who had been charged with a crime, removing a Hussein-Obama-era exception for people convicted of traffic misdemeanors.
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