Police Will Not Become Immigration Enforcers

Under presidents Bush and Obama, the expedited removal process was used only within 100 miles of the border, for people who had been in the country for no more than 14 days.

The mixed signals from the Trump administration have convinced advocates that DACA's future remains doubtful and that its protections are flimsy. According to a new memo signed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, expedited removal can now be applied nationwide to those who cannot produce documentation that they have been in the country continuously for at least two years.

Dubbed "Operation Cross Check", the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) routinely conducts operations under that moniker. According to section 5.g. of the executive order, an immigration officer may arrest anyone they feel poses a threat to public safety or national security, which leaves reasons of arrest to the discretion of the officer and may pose a risk to any undocumented person. ICE also carried out the operation in 2012 netting 3,100 arrests and in 2015 netting 2,059 arrests.

"All we do is make sure the person we have in the jail cell is who they say they are", Goldman said.

Dozens of people rally in downtown Los Angeles on February 9, 2017, to protest raids by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials in Southern California. Austin ISD said that 20,008, or about a quarter of all students in the district, were absent that day, up from 4,216 the day before.

Almost 300,000 Indian-Americans are likely to be impacted by the Trump administration's sweeping plans that put the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

It's small consolation that, at least for now, Trump had the compassion and political good sense not to go after "Dreamers" - those 750,000 young people, including 216,000 in California, who were brought to the us illegally as children and are protected by Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order. Witness the case of Irvin Gonzalez Torres, a 33-year-old transgender woman in El Paso. When a raid is reported, New Sanctuary Movement organizes a vigil outside the location of the raid or local ICE headquarters.

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"All rumors of raids and checkpoints [in Houston] are false", said ICE representative Greg Palmore in response to KHOU 11 reporter Adam Bennett. Again, we have laws for this. "And it seems like it's kind of fear tactics to scare the immigrant community".

Memos handed down by President Trump's administration last week might complicate their jobs. And with crackdowns on undocumented immigrants, the return of the travel ban, a presidential visit to a museum honoring the sacrifices of black Americans through history, a revision (i.e., the removal) of guidelines meant to protect transgender kids, and a major chicken joint being sold to America's third-best burger place, it's a rough road ahead for us all. But throwing them out - and trying to lock down the border to keep them out - would make things worse instead of better.

"There's the reports on the number of victimizations of people by immigrants and weekly reports on the crimes committed by undocumented immigrants", Kinoshita said. Even lawful permanent residents who have spent their entire cognizant lives in the United States can be deported as the result of a minor drug-dealing conviction.

"Our community should know what we stand for", Cramer said. "It can be very deep and discouraging".

"We just need to focus on what's happening, and anything can happen with an executive order", FitzSimons said. He said people can steal from immigrants because they know they are not going to call the police.

In effect, the ACLU's Jennifer Chang Newell said, "the police officer who arrests you and interrogates you also convicts you". "This narrative is a desperate and convoluted attempt by the left to derail commonsense public policy".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer in an interview with Fox News' Judge Jeanine over the weekend discussed the newly expanded power of federal immigration officials to deport illegal aliens. With federal actions still taking shape, Cramer said numerous residents - both immigrants and US citizens by birth - ask him what his department was going to do.