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16 February 2017, 01:07 | Sue Hudson
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During the Obama administration, however, ICE agents generally arrested wanted immigration fugitives and convicted criminals. "As it is part of a criminal investigation pending federal prosecution, we can not release further details".
Those operations targeted "public safety threats" and "individuals who have violated our nation's immigration laws", Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a statement Monday.
Plant City, in Hillsborough County, has a sizable immigrant population due to farming. "Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!" he tweeted.
USA immigration authorities conducted a series of raids last week in at least six states and arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants but a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, apparently said that the activities conducted were just part of "routine" immigration enforcement actions and not raids.
Recent raids on the part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents resulted in far fewer arrests than national raids under the Obama administration.
In a January 25 executive order, Trump broadened an Obama-era priority enforcement system for immigrants subject to removal from the US.
However, there are apparently undocumented immigrants with no criminal records were also arrested and could possibly be deported.
"It's a horrific overreach that will separate families, destroy lives and undermine the American dream for USA citizen children and immigrants alike", Sulma Arias of the Center for Community Change and Fair Immigration Reform Movement said on a call with reporters earlier Monday. During such operations, ICE officials added, they frequently encounter additional people suspected of being in the country illegally who are "evaluated on a case by case basis and, when appropriate, arrested by ICE".
"A lot of people were afraid to leave their homes", Reyes said.
"I have always supported smart immigration enforcement that helps to keep our country safe, but raids targeting law-abiding immigrants and treating those with traffic violations the same as murderers and robbers will only achieve the opposite", Schumer said. Seventeen people had been convicted of a sex crime.
"Those were individuals that are in the country illegally, so they had no documentation or any right to be here in the country", he said.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are calling the arrest of 161 people during a five-day raid in Southern California routine, but that did not stop protesters from taking to the streets.
The executive order, combined with Trump's tough talk on immigration during the course of his campaign, has struck fear into many undocumented immigrants.
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The demonstrators were anxious that the mother-of-two would be deported and made a decision to block the customs van in Arizona. The raids themselves are not new, but advocates say there are sign that are are being carried out on a larger scale.
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