ICE raids stoke fears among undocumented immigrants & activists


The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids being conducted across the US have seen hundreds of undocumented workers being arrested. While the action was planned under Barack Obama, activists fear they are targeting more immigrants than planned.

According to officials, the raids have been targeting criminals, but reports suggested those without criminal records are also being arrested.

Those living undocumented are fearful that they may be targeted as part of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, but officials say the raids are ordinary methods of enforcement, and that the recent raids were planned during the Obama administration, which deported a total of 2 million people during its time in office.

The president has promised to deport up to 3 million criminal undocumented workers and, on January 25, signed executive orders expanding the categories of undocumented immigrants that the Department of Homeland Security can target to include those who have not been convicted of a crime. The order also strips federal money from sanctuary cities which offer protection to undocumented workers.

“This operation was in the planning stages before the current administration issued its executive order,” David Marin, an ICE office director in Los Angeles, told CNN. “We do these operations two to three times a year. This is on par with past operations.”

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