Trump praises immigration raids, Schumer presses for more info
Feb 16 2017
The arrests, ICE officials claim, don't reflect a change in the status quo-which is also what a White House senior official told reporters last week. They want to know if the raids are the start of a significant spike in the deportation of immigrants under the Trump administration.
According to ICE, 95 people were arrested in Los Angeles County, 35 in Orange County, 13 in San Bernardino County, seven in Riverside County, six in Ventura County and five in Santa Barbara County.
DHS Secretary John Kelly said Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeted immigrants who are a threat to public safety, including convicted criminals and gang members. "ICE regularly conducts targeted enforcement operations during which additional resources and personnel are dedicated to apprehending deportable foreign nationals", the statement added.
She says the national enforcement efforts are sending shock waves through Utah's immigrant communities.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a photo on February 10, 2017, of its officers arresting an unidentified foreign national the day before.
Federal immigration officials are laying out a range of crimes that have been committed by a undocumented immigrants snatched up in immigration raids around the country over the last week. "They're terrified", Gerry Chapman said. Level two included removable migrants who have been convicted of three or more "significant misdemeanors" to include, domestic violence or driving under the influence.
The more than 680 people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) posed a "threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation's immigration system", Kelly said.
"I have always supported smart immigration enforcement that helps to keep our country safe, but raids targeting law-abiding immigrants and treating those with traffic violations the same as murderers and robbers will only achieve the opposite", he said.
"We continue to press ICE for more information, and we'll do that every day this week until we get more information", he said. The Obama administration also had a policy of deporting criminal aliens, and President Obama earned the angry sobriquet "deporter in chief" from immigration advocates for record deportations during his tenure.
While the previous administration had clear guidance that targeted mainly serious and violent criminals, in his first week President Donald Trump signed an executive order that vastly expanded the priorities to include virtually any undocumented immigrant in the United States, including if they were only suspected of a crime or safety threat.