Published: Mon, May 01, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Days In: How's Trump Doing on Immigration?

ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer says ICE doesn't target people who don't have criminal records, but he says agents can't ignore them either.

Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler told reporters federal officials are concerned mainly with cities that discourage communication with immigration authorities instead of those who simply refuse to hold undocumented residents until they can be questioned by immigration agents.

The 675 people in the raid represent a small part of the 21,362 immigrants rounded up into custody for deportation from January through the middle of March of this year.

TRAC, which has been building a baseline using case-by-case records of both apprehensions and removals, cautions that delays in filing and recording make the numbers very preliminary - and that numerous NTAs appearing during Trump's first three months were initiated during the Obama administration. "This will be the administration that fully enforces our nation's immigration laws".

But Carolina Maluje, an immigration attorney in Miami, says he has already seen a change in attitude among ICE employees.

She said that that the data "confirms our worst fears, which is that this administration is really trying to deport as many as possible regardless of whether they have a criminal record". "They are casualties of crimes that should never have taken place - because the people who victimised them often times should not have been in the country in the first place".

Sessions said he plans to eradicate the violent MS-13 gang by cracking down on illegal immigration.

Millions of immigrants, both documented and undocumented, who lead hard working and productive lives, are also union members.

But the statistics, provided by an ICE official, also show the current year's criminal-noncriminal ratio is nearly identical to what it was in 2014 under former President Barack Obama - about a third of those arrested in 2014 and in 2017 were not criminals. Others, such as his vow to withhold federal funds from "sanctuary cities" that protect immigrants, are facing legal challenges.

In its latest step to wage war on undocumented immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security has created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, or VOICE, as it has been cutely nicknamed.

Advocacy groups that in 2006 were united in their determination to flood the streets to make a statement have fractured since then and pursued other efforts, such as voter registration, lobbying and fighting deportations.

This Clinton era legislation authorizes the Director of ICE to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, provided that the local law enforcement officers receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of ICE officers. Here in the US, they're expected to draw larger than usual crowds due to President Trump's efforts to crack down on immigration.

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