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Immigration and Customs Enforcement is making new wave of raids and other actions in the southwestern U.S., which are first actions carried out after President Donald Trump’s January 26 executive order to expand the anti-immigration enforcement. Immigration advocates, as the National Public Radio reports, evidence reports of raids in California, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, New York and Kansas.
The raids and recent deportation of an undocumented Arizona mother feared the immigrant communities. The ICE operation started few days ago and an official for this enforcement agency called the actions routine “surge operations.”
As David Marin, an official of ICE in southern California said, the agency made 161 arrests, and of those, 151 had prior criminal convictions. Marin explained, five of 10 others detained, had “impending deportation orders or had been deported and had illegally returned to the United States.” Marin declined to discuss any relation between the raids and President Trump’s recent executive order.
CNN.com said the agency will made full numbers for the actions across the country available on Monday. But, until Saturday about 400 arrests were made, base on media reports of publicaly official figures.
Mexican government warned its citizens living in the United States of a “new reality,” after the deportation of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, of Mesa, Arizona. ICE took her in custody on Wednesday, while she made a routine check-in at the Phoenix offices of ICE. Rayos, mother of two, was deported back in Mexico. She was convicted in 2008 of using a fake Social Security card and lost a case to a court, https://azcentral.com reported.
Under the Obama’s administration, more than two million people were deported, but the government targeted only those who posed a threat to national security and those who recently crossed the border.
Report by the Pew Research Center says more than 2.5 million immigrants are in the country illegally and reside in the areas of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. As report says, 37% of immigrants, who are in Phoenix, Houston, Dallas and Denver not have legal status, compared to 26% nationwide.