'Sanctuary City' Mayor Speaks After Nationwide Immigration Raids
- Author: Jack Replman Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 0:38
ICE arrested approximately 200 illegal aliens throughout Georgia, North Carolina, and SC and arrested 160 more in 55 communities throughout southern California. Of the 161 arrested in the Los Angeles area, 151 had previous criminal convictions. Trump issued an executive order on January 25 to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country without legal status.
In a statement, she said, "ICE regularly conducts targeted enforcement operations during which additional resources and personnel are dedicated to apprehending deportable foreign nationals".
Navarrete says she sought to stop the man's deportation and was told by ICE that things had changed.
Operations began from additional USA cities, like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and San Antonio.
After being sworn in, Trump took several controversial steps against immigration by ordering a wall on the border with Mexico and authorizing a crackdown on United States cities that shield illegal immigrants. And several Charlotte businesses that serve immigrant customers say they're closing early because their staff and customers fear raids or check-points.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday he will ask ICE for more information about the arrests - including the locations and more details about the people detained - and called reports that ICE targeted non-violent immigrant families "deeply disturbing". Of the 680 arrested, 75% had been convicted of a crime.
In an email, the agency said reports of ICE checkpoints and sweeps that target undocumented immigrants indiscriminately are false. "Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!"
Around the US, more raids included the arrests of about 200 people in the Carolinas and Georgia, more than 150 in and around Los Angeles, and about 40 in New York, Ice confirmed.
Donald Trump has declared that the immigration raids carried out last week were "the keeping of a campaign promise" - a statement which puts him directly at odds with his immigration officials, who spent Saturday repeatedly insisting that the raids were long-planned and routine. While insisting the focus remained on those with criminal convictions, or foreigners who posed national security threats, the Obama administration routinely rounded up and deported what the Times termed "low-priority immigrants".
"What we know is that the president's executive order grants broader discretion to immigration agents to place aliens into removal proceedings", said Angela Fernandez, executive director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights.