Trump defends detention of hundreds of immigrants
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 8:07
President Trump last month signed an executive order calling for the construction on his proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall to begin. The New York Times also reported that the New York operation was "part of a national action that was planned several weeks ago". "We're actually taking people that are criminals, very, very hardened criminals in some cases, with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems, and we're getting them out".
A total of 235 foreign nationals were arrested across Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri.
Speaking to The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre last evening, Managing Director of the New York-based Caribbean Immigration Service, Irwin Clare said there was no indication whether any other Jamaican had been arrested by ICE.
An ICE spokesman declined Tuesday to comment on Roberts' statement, noting data released by the agency Monday explained the nature of the arrests, including the fact that those taken into custody have a criminal background and some had been previously deported. While the actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in themselves were not dissimilar to raids undertaken during the Obama administration - which in the 2012 fiscal year alone resulted in the deportation of more than 400,000 people - they unleashed a wave of anxiety in immigrant communities.
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The raids, combined with Trump's comments, sparked widespread condemnation from immigration advocates and local officials, who said the arrests would undermine community trust and split families. Apparently, the series of raids that were launched marked the first sweeping enforcement of President Trump's January 25 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
"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", Schumer said.
Monday, ICE released another statement saying the president directed their department to focus on removing those in the country illegally who have been convicted or charged with criminal offenses, pose a public threat, and people who have been deported and re-entered the country illegally.
"Undocumented immigrants live in fear, and they are confused and scared", Schumer said.
Although an ICE spokesperson told ThinkProgress via email that the enforcement operation concluded on Friday, there's some evidence the raids continued through the weekend. A spokeswoman responded by sending a press release from August about the arrest of 58 immigrants in and around NY, the last time a similar operation had occurred.
Rumors and social media posts have suggested for days the ICE arrests were indiscriminate, including road blocks and raids in immigrant neighborhoods, which ICE has denied.
'They plan to do it, ' said Tamar Jacoby of Immigration works.
"It's a horrific overreach that will separate families, destroy lives and undermine the American dream for USA citizen children and immigrants alike", Sulma Arias of the Center for Community Change and Fair Immigration Reform Movement said on a call with reporters earlier Monday. It's also unclear whether the 75 percent statistic includes more minor crimes than the examples listed.