Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states

This just went up on the Washington Post website.

It demonstrates how they're going to do what they promised to do and it's scary. Who else can they turn the tactics on and when will they? This is un-American.

(It's not that damn long. Just read it.)

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Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states

By Abigail Hauslohner, Lisa Rein and Sandhya SomashekharFebruary 10 at 6:43 PM

U.S. immigration authorities made a series of arrests in at least half a dozen states across the country on Thursday and Friday, sweeping up an unknown number of undocumented immigrants, immigration lawyers and advocates said.

The raids, which appeared to target scores of people, including those without criminal records, mark the first largescale episode of immigration enforcement inside the United States since President Trump’s Jan. 26 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally. Immigration lawyers and advocates said some of the enforcement efforts included traffic stops and checkpoints, though Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials disputed those accounts, saying the agency does not use checkpoints while engaging in targeted enforcement operations.

It also appeared to signal a departure from the Obama administration’s position of prioritizing immigration enforcement against criminals. Trump has pledged to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records.

Word of the raids quickly circulated among immigrants, activists and on social media, creating such widespread panic in immigrant communities that a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said the department had decided to take the unprecedented step of confirming some details of the raids while they were ongoing.

Gillian Christensen, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE, confirmed that agents this week had raided homes and workplaces in Atlanta, the Los Angeles area and two other cities that she declined to identify, as part of “routine” immigration enforcement actions. ICE does not use the term raids.

But immigration activists said Friday that they had documented ICE raids of unusual intensity in the past 48 hours in Vista, Pomona and Compton, Calif.; Austin, Dallas, and Pflugerville, Texas; Alexandria and Annandale, Va.; Charlotte and Burlington, N.C.; Plant City, Fla.; the Hudson Valley region of New York; and Wichita, Kan.

There were also reports of ICE checkpoints, targeting immigrants for random ID checks, in North Carolina and in Austin, according to advocates.

The Trump administration is facing a series of legal challenges to the president’s recent executive orders to crack down on undocumented immigrants and cities that appear resistant to his immigration policies. The raids also come on the heels of a Thursday night decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to keep a hold on Trump’s travel and immigration ban of refugees and the citizens of seven majority Muslim countries.

Some activists in Los Angeles and Austin suggested that the raids might be retaliation for those cities’ so-called “sanctuary city” policies.

Federal immigration officials declined Friday to say how many people had been detained in the recent raids. A DHS official confirmed that while immigration agents were targeting criminals, they also were taking into custody non-criminals in the vicinity who were found to be lacking documentation.

“Big cities tend to have a lot of illegal immigrants,” said one immigration official who was not authorized to speak publicly because of the sensitive nature of the operation. “They’re going to a target-rich environment.”

Meanwhile, immigration advocacy and legal aid groups said ICE had declined to give them any information about how many people had been taken into custody.

Advocates from United We Dream, the Center for Community Change and Make the Road said on a Friday conference call with reporters that they believed hundreds to have been detained, including undocumented immigrants who had no prior criminal record. They said some had been deported immediately.

“We cannot understate the level of panic and terror that is running through many immigrant communities,” said Walter Barrientos, of Make the Road in New York City.

ICE agents had raided homes, and were “not just detaining individuals they are looking for ... but in fact, taking anyone else in the community, or in these homes who does not have immigration status at the moment, or who is not able to prove citizenship,” Barrientos said.

In some cities, activists said that ICE had set up roadside or neighborhood checkpoints, where ICE agents, often in unmarked cars, appeared to be asking people at random for proof of citizenship or identification.

“We’re trying to make sure that families who have been impacted are getting legal services as quickly as possible. We’re trying to do some legal triage,” said Bob Libal, the executive director of Grassroots Leadership, which provides assistance and advocacy work to immigrants in Austin. “It’s chaotic,” he said. The organization’s hotline, he said, had been overwhelmed with calls.

Federal immigration officials, as well as activists, said that the majority of those detained were adult men.

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Comment by Terry McKenna on February 10, 2017 at 6:04pm

it will not be pretty.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 10, 2017 at 6:27pm

... ... ....  these are evil people who will not, in the end, win

Comment by nerd cred on February 10, 2017 at 8:26pm

Apart from the image of the heretofore mythical government jack-booted thugs breaking down doors and hauling people off as if this is Nazi German, Argentina or Chile, there is the secrecy. ICE claims they are not doing things credible witnesses say they saw (checkpoints); a DHS spokesperson admitted to raids in four cities but would only identify two of them; witnesses claim raids in many more cities; ICE won't say how many people they've picked up, one report says they've admitted to 100, counting identified 160.

This guy isn't going to have any trouble finding Good Germans, is he?

Comment by koshersalaami on February 10, 2017 at 9:06pm

He might, though there will be some people too scared to testify

Comment by Terry McKenna on February 11, 2017 at 4:37am

It is one thing to consider immigration in the abstract, but another to consider the reality.  The folks from Mexico  have been coming here for as long as we have had mechanized farms.   (And along the Texas border, the towns on both sides form a single economy.)  They also came for low paid, low skilled laboring jobs from construction to work as nannies.  Migrants were formerly able to go back and forth across the border.  The town where I live would expand by a third in the warm weather and contract during the winter as transient laborers went home.  

The irony about immigration is that as our borders became harder to cross, the migrants began to stay, simply because they would not be able to get in once they left.  

A genuine guest worker program could work, we could still do it, but the left and right would fight it and the middle is hollowed out.  

There is an inhumanity to how the law is enforced.  We can expect even more brutal enforcement.  We may even find that we have almost no-one to pick the harvest. 

Comment by cheshyre on February 11, 2017 at 7:18am

"In the 105 years between 1892 and 1997, the U.S. deported 2.1 million people. With President George W. Bush, just over 2 million people were deported. As of 2015, more than 2.5 million undocumented people had been deported by immigration authorities since President Obama took office in 2009." No one complained when President Lefty was doing it (another example of him being to the right of Bush). Too late to bitch now!

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 11, 2017 at 8:50am

Not to mention avocados and guacamole, things have been worse: 1954 and Operation Wetback when Mexican American citizens were swept up and deported as well. Cheech Marin touched on that in Born in East LA:

Comment by nerd cred on February 11, 2017 at 1:38pm

cheshyre - the point is less deportations and more nighttime raids and secrecy. The Obama administration had arrived at agreements with the Mexican government and activists about orderly deportations. Don't worry! I'm not saying Obama was a saint or perfect or anything horrendous like that, heaven forbid,  just that this is different. Details, nuance, all that.

JMac - deportation is not new. It wasn't new in 1954 either.

Comment by Terry McKenna on February 11, 2017 at 2:24pm

Let's also understand that Obama deported because he was trying not to give a winning issue to the right. If we can't' see that, we can see nothing.

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 11, 2017 at 2:26pm

Latest reporting says this was planned during the Obama admin so as pointed out he has been hard on immigration, usually but not always, related to crime, and was extreme vetting the whole time as well.

On this whole situation and sanctuary cities here we have the total and complete ignorance, credulity and brutal shortage of sophistication Red State quackers and Scumbag Right Wing Authoritarian racist politicos share with the later propagandizing like no one's business to the former.

Imagine, one group of half-wits from Ol' Miss, Bama and other such world class academic institutions who have always been on the cutting edge of everything and the other, quarter-wits actually who have the FUCKING NERVE to fake being in danger of terrorism while through their long-learned stupidity instead make it more dangerous for the sanctuary city dwellers, the smartest, richest, most modern, most educated, and, as a result, most caring, people on Earth.

What we will now train these animals on is how they cannot keep our federal funds from us, as, in FACT, they are all welfare queens who live entirely off mostly California (World's 6th largest economy all on its own) and also New York, and, it is true, a bit off of Tejas too. They contribute nothing; need everything, especially help with the Climate Change they engendered on themselves.

When I was a keiki Eisenhower killed a whole bunch of Braceros, throwing them over the border into the desert with nothing once finished with them.

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