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500 ICED In 5 Days

By Felicia J. Persaud

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Americas, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Fri. Oct. 11, 2019:
While many have been distracted by the
whistleblower’s complaint; Donald Trump’s foot in mouth disease over that
Ukraine call; the Democratic congress’ push for an impeachment inquiry and all
the latest drama in this bad soap opera we are trapped in, the U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has been quietly and wildly ramping up its
enforcement actions.

No
more announcements of those so-called raids to alert activists and communities.
It’s been a silent assault. In a five-day targeted enforcement action that
wrapped up on Sept. 25th, US ICE said it nabbed a total of 497
immigrants in 10 states, most “driven by leads developed by the local field office
in conjunction with the Pacific Enforcement Response Center and the National
Criminal Alien Targeting Center.”

The
majority were ‘ICED’ in New York, the Hudson Valley and Long Island – a
whopping 82; while in Boston, another 80 were arrested, bringing the total in those
two states alone to 162.

In
New York, those arrested included nationals
from Algeria, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana,
Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Philippines,
Spain, and Ukraine.

In
Boston, the arrestees included nationals from Brazil, Colombia, Cape Verde,
Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica,
Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Uganda, the United Kingdom and
Uruguay.

ICE
operations were also conducted in North, South and Central Texas and Oklahoma
as well as Michigan and Ohio, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Colorado and Wyoming.  

In
New Jersey, 54 immigrants were arrested, while 94 immigrants were nabbed in North
Texas and Oklahoma.

In
Michigan and Ohio, 46 were arrested, while in Philadelphia, 45 were nabbed
along with another 42 in Colorado and Wyoming.

In
those 8 states, there were nationals from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El
Salvador, India, Nicaragua, Senegal, Cameroon, Iraq, the United Kingdom, South
Korea, Kenya, China, Cambodia, Portugal and Tanzania, Costa Rica, Guyana,
Pakistan, Jamaica, Ecuador and Malaysia.

While
several of those nabbed were criminal immigrants who had committed serious
crimes, including rape, sexual abuse and assault of children as well as weapons
and assault charges and undoubtedly deserve to be deported, many were nabbed
for crimes such as operating a vehicle without a license, driving with a
suspended license, driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence, illegal
re-entry, resisting officer/arrest, obstructing police, possession of marijuana
and obstructing official business. 

Hardly
a “national security, public safety and border security” threat, won’t you say?
ICE itself has insisted that those are largely the immigrants it goes after,
but its own record is proving that is not true.

The
reality is that ICE as it rightly states at the bottom of its own press
releases, “does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from
potential enforcement.”

Which
means it does not care if a parent is ripped away from their children because
of a minor offense or the impact of such a removal on a U.S. citizen child or children.

The
Trump administration is sticking true to its campaign promise of removal of all
immigrants “in violation of immigration law.” Little wonder that
according to ICE data, as of June this fiscal year, 282,242 immigrants were deported
and those numbers will obviously be higher by the end of fiscal year 2019,
Trump’s third year in office.  

Immigrants beware is the message. If you are a green card holder and qualify to become a naturalized citizen, do so now; if you are an undocumented immigrant, find a way to get legalized as ICE’s net is spreading rapidly  and far and wide.

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The
writer is publisher of NewsAmericasNow

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