Immigration & Customs Enforcement Begins Enforcing Customs & Immigration
- Roughly 200 arrests were made in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina
- The operation is named “Operation Cross Check”
- Democrats decried the actions nationwide as needlessly causing fear for immigrant communities.
Under a new administration illegal aliens are seeing a rise in deportation and arrests. While Democrats and illegal immigrant sympathizers continue to decry these arrests, many also feel law enforcement is finally enforcing laws. Arrests and deportations continue to grow as Trump vaguely promises to focus on illegals with a criminal record, those famously dubbed ‘bad hombres’ by the President.
WASHINGTON — Democrats raised concerns Friday and Saturday about recent immigration enforcement actions — though immigration officials say that only routine actions targeting criminals were underway.
Fear is running high among immigrant communities since President Donald Trump’s inauguration — and after the recent publicized deportation of an undocumented Arizona mother of two after a routine visit with immigration officials, reports have been spreading of Immigration and Customs Enforcement stepping up its actions in the southwestern US.
The actions are the first concerted effort by ICE under the Trump administration to arrest targeted undocumented immigrants for deportation proceedings.
It’s unclear at this point in the nascent administration whether it was a sign of things to come, or whether the actions were conducted under any different procedures than could have been in place under the Obama administration. It was the uncertainty, the publicity of the raids and the high tensions raised by public comments on immigration by Trump administration officials that had Democrats asking for more information.
“These reports show the serious consequences of the president’s executive order, which allows all undocumented immigrants to be categorized as criminals and requires increased enforcement in communities, rather than prioritizing dangerous criminals,” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement responding to media reports of the stepped up enforcement, including some accounts that the actions were targeting low-priority undocumented immigrants, including family men and women.