Immigrants wait in fear over raids; Trump takes credit

Immigrants wait in fear over raids; Trump takes credit

Those arrested included immigrants from a dozen countries - and 95 percent were men, ICE said.

The order indicates ICE should prioritize deporting undocumented people who have been convicted of a crime, who have been charged with but not convicted of a crime, have committed acts that constitute a crime but were not charged, have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in official or government matters, have abused a government assistance program, who have been ordered to leave but have not left the USA, and anyone who immigration officials believe could pose a risk to public safety.

Those arrested "pose a threat to public safety, border security, or the integrity of our nation's immigration system", said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary John Kelly in a statement. 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.

ICE says the focus of its recent roundup is consistent with routine, targeted arrests carried out by the agency's Fugitive Operations teams. And they said that though ICE agents appeared on the lookout for specific people, some immigrants without criminal backgrounds got swept up.

Around 5,000 people who had no criminal record were removed from the country past year while not at or near the border, ICE says.

"The rash of these recent reports about ICE checkpoints and random sweeps, that's all false and that's risky and irresponsible", Marin said.

"I have asked federal officials to disclose how many children, men, and women they have detained; what the processing time will be; what the rationale is for their detention; and I asked that everyone be offered access to an attorney". ICE would not comment on potential future implications of the order.

"I want to reach out to the immigrant community and reaffirm that we are here for you as we are for anybody else in our community", Chief Manley said.

"We tend to work along the border", he said. He also has moved to deport immigrants convicted or charged with committing a crime, the target of this past week's surge.

"This number of arrests is not unusual for a week-long operation", she said.

Reports of immigration sweeps this week sparked concern among immigration advocates and families, coming on the heels of President Donald Trump's executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations. While Hassan added it's reasonable not to allow criminals into the country, denying people who have sought legal processes or attempted legal processes is denying due process of law.

"This person has an old deportation order from 2011, I believe. and they have identified him and picked him up". "But the others may indicate the first edge of a new wave of arrests and deportations". Leaders said they have seen an uptick in the number of immigration detainees at local jails, but not yet a marked shift in who is detained.

Last week, an undocumented mother of two US-born children, Guadalupe GarcĂ­a de Rayos, checked in with the ICE office in Phoenix - a routine she had followed every year, and sometimes twice a year, for eight years.

"The main thing is to send the message that the immigration laws are actually being enforced again", said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that advocates for tighter controls on immigration.

While President Trump has characterized the raids as fulfilling a campaign pledge to deport "criminals" in the country illegally, immigration officials have maintained the series of actions were just business as usual - in some cases, saying the operations were planned months in advance.