ICE Raids Spread to 6 States as Trumpâ€™s Anti-Immigrant Agenda Moves Forward
Donald Trump’s vision of America includes sending out immigration agents to round up people all over the country who are here illegally. So far in 5 states, this is exactly what has happened.
California, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, New York and Kansas have been the scenes of illegal immigrants being taken per Trump’s executive order expanding enforcement.
Two to three million immigrants who allegedly have criminal backgrounds have been targeted under the Trump regime; however experts point out that only 690,000 illegals have been convicted or a felony or serious misdemeanor.
According to one ICE official the operation has been quietly implemented across the US: “Big cities tend to have a lot of illegal immigrants. They’re going to a target-rich environment.”
Some of the raids have procured immigrants without criminal records after Trump “made a change to the Obama administration’s policy of prioritizing deportation for convicted criminals, substantially broadening the scope of who the Department of Homeland Security can target to include those with minor offenses or no convictions at all.”
Angelica Salas, executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) explained that these raids “are not normal”.
URGENT: ICE conducted multiple raids of homes across the city.
There’s a call to action 5pm TODAY at the Alameda Detention Center in #DTLA
— ACLU SoCal (@ACLU_SoCal) February 10, 2017
Salas pointed out that when ICE agents were pressed for information about the detainees, they said “more information was needed to identify the individuals, because more than 100 people were currently detained in the facility.”
An ICE spokesperson explained the arrests were “routine” and the goal of the “operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities.”
In a statement , ICE further asserted: “Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions. To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing and we make arrests every day.”
However, thanks to neighbors and protesters in Arizona, we know that ICE is targeting individuals who are not criminals, but hard-working immigrants who have been in this country for decades.
Earlier this week, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was taken in the middle of the night by ICE. This working mother of 2 who has been in the US since she was 14, was apreended at her home. Protesters and compassionate neighbors tried to stop the ICE van from carting Rayos away.
Rayos was wrongfully arrested by ICE in 2008 while at work and accused of felony impersonation. She served 6 months in a detention center before being released later that year.
As she’s done for years, Rayos checked in with ICE routinely; however at her last visit she was served with an order of deportation. This makes Rayos the first immigrant to be deported under Donald Trump’s executive order.
Because of the wrongful arrest in 2008, Rayos was deported to Mexico.