Agents from the US federal immigration organization arrested several hundreds of undocumented immigrants in no less than six states this week in what officials on Friday implemented routine enforcement moves.
Immigration sweeps were reported this week triggered worries within immigration supporters and families, due to President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries to enter.
However, the order is immobile at the moment.
‘The fear coursing through immigrant homes and the native-born Americans who love immigrants as friends and family is palpable,’ Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, stated.
‘Reports of raids in immigrant communities are a grave concern.’
The enforcement moves started off in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and the areas around those, stated David Marin, director of enforcement and removal for the Los Angeles field office of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Merely five of 161 people arrested in Southern California would not have been enforcement’s primary worry if the Obama administration was still in place, he said. However, the agency did not release a sum number of detainees.
The Atlanta office, which oversees three states, arrested no less than 200 people, Bryan Cox, a spokesman for the office, stated.
The sum of 161 arrests in the Los Angeles area were conducted in an area that was contained of seven vastly populated counties, Marin stated.
Marin labeled the five-day operation an ‘enforcement surge.’
Through a conference call with reporters, he stated that that kind of actions were everyday routine, remembering one last summer in Los Angeles under ex President Barack Obama.
‘The rash of these recent reports about ICE checkpoints and random sweeps, that’s all false and that’s dangerous and irresponsible,’ Marin stated. ‘Reports like that create a panic.’
He stated that of the people arrested in Southern California, merely 10 did not have criminal records. And no less than five had deportation orders beforehand.
Michael Kagan, a professor of immigration law at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, stated immigration supporters are worried that the arrests could trigger the start of broadly more devoted enforcement and enlarging the number of deportations under Trump.
‘It sounds as if the majority are people who would have been priorities under Obama as well,’ Kagan stared in a telephone interview.
‘But the others may indicate the first edge of a new wave of arrests and deportations.’
Trump as of lately enlarged the types of people who could be aimed at for immigration enforcement to anyone who had been charged for a crime, ending the Obama aura of excluding of people convicted of traffic mistakes, Kagan stated.