California Senator Dianne Feinstein Comments on Reports of Immigration Raids
- Author: Ernesto Newman Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 0:32
Bryan Cox, a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), did not confirm any specific operations but said operations are routine. "ICE only conducts targeted enforcement of criminal aliens and other individuals who are in violation of our nation's immigration laws". "This is clearly the first wave of attacks under the Trump administration, and we know this isn't going to be the only one", Cristina Jimenez, the executive director of the immigrant youth organization United We Dream, said, as quoted by the Post.
While not speaking directly to the on-going operation, ICE officials stated, "ICE regularly conducts targeted enforcement operations during which additional resources and personnel are dedicated to apprehending deportable foreign nationals". "There's a natural flow of enforcement that happens every day".
On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump pledged to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records.
On Friday, Congressman Joaquin Castro confirmed that ICE launched a targeted operation in South and Central Texas. "The people that ICE apprehend are people who are illegal, and then some". "I will continue to monitor this situation". Immigration advocates also reported roadway checkpoints, where ICE appeared to be targeting immigrants for random ID checks, in North Carolina and in Austin. Ally Bolour, an immigration lawyer in Los Angeles, says one of his clients is in the process of being deported after ICE agents picked him up from his house on Thursday. We understand that there are more than 100 people that were detained, that physically were removed from their homes and taken into custody. Kevin de Leon, a Democrat, said in a statement.
These types of fear-inducing rhetoric comes despite statements from ICE and DHS that the operation is part of a routinely recurring operation targeting criminal aliens.
In a separate incident coming in that city, an ICE officer was briefly hospitalized after being injured during the arrest of a man during a traffic stop.
Under President Barack Obama, the Department of Homeland Security's priorities for immigration arrests included people who were convicted of felonies, serious misdemeanors and people who entered the country illegally after 2014.
"This is a great concern for us because the executive action is so vague", she said.
"We're doing routine enforcement.as we've always done", said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for ICE's western region.
"Let me be clear, we want to work together to get violent felons out of our neighborhoods; however, we remain deeply concerned with the new Administration's recent decision to prioritize almost every undocumented resident in California for deportation, and their apparent inability to accurately inform the public of their operations in a timely manner", de León said.