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Monday, February 13, 2017

DHS Nabs 680 ILLEGALS In First Major RAIDS Of Trump Era

 Homeland Security netted more than 680 immigrants in a new series of raids, Secretary John F. Kelly said Monday, saying they were standard enforcement actions that generally nabbed serious criminals.
Three quarters of those arrested in the raids — the first major announced action under President Trump — had criminal convictions, Mr. Kelly said.
He was responding to claims of immigrant-rights advocates, who said the administration was spreading fear by targeting rank-and-file illegal immigrants who have generally stayed out of serious trouble with the law, save for living and working here illegally.
“President Trump has been clear in affirming the critical mission of DHS in protecting the nation and directed our department to focus on removing illegal aliens who have violated our immigration laws, with a specific focus on those who pose a threat to public safety, have been charged with criminal offenses, have committed immigration violations or have been deported and re-entered the country illegally,” Mr. Kelly said.
As news of the raids spread last week activists protested, including attempting to blockade Homeland Security offices.
The activists said at least some of those nabbed were illegal immigrants without serious criminal records who had already been deemed low priorities by the Obama administration.
Under President Obama, Homeland Security issued itself new priorities clearing the vast majority of illegal immigrants from any danger of deportation. Only recent arrivals, those ordered deported within the last few years, or those with multiple misdemeanors or felonies were ousted — leaving about 9 million of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in little danger.
In an executive order last month Mr. Trump rescinded those priorities and issued his own set, broadening the mandate for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Activists, though, said they feared even legal immigrants are now targets.
“The actions and tactics of ICE are showing to the world and to the country how out of control these agents are, how rogue ICE agents are, and how racial profiling is used widely throughout the agency,” said Christina Jimenez, co-founder of United We Dream, which advocates for young adult illegal immigrants known as “Dreamers.”
“Regardless of immigration status, we are all under attack,” she said.

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