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Reports of Amped Up Immigration Raids and Roundup.

100203houston_lg-300x227The New York Times, CNN, Chicago Tribune and other news outlets are reporting an apparent “ramping up” of ICE enforcement actions.  Federal officials confirmed more than 600 people across 11 states were detained in the past week.  ICE announced that more than 200 people had been arrested in the midwest states that are overseen by the Chicago office.  ICE Tweets daily to announce  when criminal aliens are removed, such as a Dominican national wanted for murder, and a convicted felon deported to Mexico. Some of the Tweets by ICE over the past 3 days emphasize the Services broad powers: “ICE immigration enforcement actions target specific individuals according to the laws passed by Congress” and “ICE targets convicted criminals and others who are illegally present in the United States” and “ICE enforces our nations immigration laws in a professional manner.”  ICE claims this week’s aggressive enforcement is “business as usual” and denies conduction sweeps and indiscriminate roundups.  But the immigrant community remains fearful.  ICE officials denied that they were carrying out Trump’s enforcement priorities at this time, insisting these operations are executed two or three times a year.   Yesterday, Trump tweeted The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise.  Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!”  But this did little to calm the fear in immigrant communities.  Immigration advocates are concerned that those arrested in the Midwest sweep will face criminal prosecutions by the U.S. Attorneys office for illegal entry and illegal re-entry after deportation, as they become enforcement priorities under the January 25, 2017 Executive Order “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.  Any undocumented person who is questioned by ICE should consult an attorney, if possible, before signing anything.