ICE conducts national raids, who are the targeted immigrants?

ICE conducts national raids, who are the targeted immigrants?

Immigration and Customs Control agents have carried out large operations that have resulted in the detention of hundreds of immigrants; the agency says most are people with criminal records, though it does not provide a detailed breakdown of arrests

Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) officers have detained more than 300 immigrants in national raids carried out from August to November and although there is a focus on people with criminal records, other people with immigration offenses are arrested.

This is recognized by the Office of Removal Operations (ERO), which depends on ICE, which does not clarify whether all the people have a criminal record.

“The enforcement action carried out by ERO resulted in a total of 138 arrests nationwide , including some with a final enforceable order of removal,” the agency says.

ICE details some cases of those detained, but does not provide a detailed breakdown on the number of people without a criminal record, and the operations were reported several weeks later.

At the end of October, the operation carried out between August 20 and September 30 was reported, where 175 immigrants without documents who have violations for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) were arrested.

The states of California and New York are where the most arrests were made, such as the case of a 45-year-old Mexican convicted of running over a person and fleeing the scene, in an undetailed incident that includes death or injuries. The man was arrested in Banning, California, and remains in ICE custody pending removal proceedings, the agency added.

Another case is that of a 35-year-old Salvadoran convicted of second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

“The individual was arrested in Bellport, New York, and remains in ICE custody pending removal proceedings,” ICE said in a report.

In a subsequent operation, ICE agents targeted people with criminal records, including people involved in sexual offenses against minors, which led to the arrest of 138 immigrants.

One of the cases was that of a 40-year-old Dominican, detained in Columbus, Ohio, convicted by the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas for a serious sexual offense involving a minor.

“This operation, carried out by deportation officers from ERO Detroit, is essential to public safety in Michigan and Ohio,” said Matthew Putra, acting director of that office.

Some people would be referred to federal judicial processes, but others placed in deportation, without specifying the number in each case.

It is possible that ICE continues with this type of operation, which has no obligation to provide information during its course.

In addition to this, immigration agents are not obliged to follow the deportation priorities of the Government of President Joe Biden , while the Supreme Court does not make a final decision on the challenge initiated by the Republican government.

For this reason, immigrant advocates have suggested that those who do not have documents follow the recommendations before a possible encounter with ICE.

Melissa Galbraith
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