Illegals and their family members panic
LOS ANGELES (INTELLIHUB) — Coordinated citywide immigration enforcement sweeps, a.k.a. roundups, sent shockwaves throughout branches of the Hispanic community Thursday morning as agents moved to arrest and deport over 100 illegal aliens. But now some feel the raids were overly aggressive and unnecessary and that the police went too far. However, police and immigration officials are touting the ‘raids’ as “routine,” which sends a tough message.
All of this echo’s down from the top of the Trump Administration and once again the President has made good on a promise he gave during the race. But on the flipside others like Exec. Dir. for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) Angelica Salas say the raids were excessive. Salas maintains that the raids were definitely “not normal.” And it’s true — the number of illegals processed Thursday were statistically high, considering the facility’s daily average is two — not to mention several white vans and even a white bus could be seen parked at the facility and filled with detainees.
In response to the raids, the American Civil Liberties Union SoCal released a “call to action” which stated:
“URGENT: ICE conducted multiple raids of homes across the city.”
URGENT: ICE conducted multiple raids of homes across the city.
There's a call to action 5pm TODAY at the Alameda Detention Center in #DTLA
— ACLU SoCal (@ACLU_SoCal) February 10, 2017
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s spokeswoman Virginia Kice responded to the L.A. Times with the following statement:
“Our operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities. Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions […] To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing and we make arrests every day.”
Essentially the above statement implies: ‘as this situation continues to ramp up a great number of illegals may be headed back to their homelands.’ And with a Pew Research Center study showing that there are likely over 11 million unauthorized immigrants inside the U.S. at any given time, the so-called “routine” process could become daunting to officials and eventually wear on agency resources causing issues. However, one of Trump’s recent executive orders made allowable provisions to hire 5000 new border agents to bolster the entire deportation process.
During Thursday’s roundups, ICE agents were going to the doors of select locations and asking subjects for identification.
The recent maneuvers by law enforcement have local residents, politicians, and immigrants all demanding answers as officials are left to sort it all out.
Do you feel the recent deportation sweeps in L.A. are a good thing? #illegalimmigration
— Intellihub (@intellihubnews) February 10, 2017
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