President Donald Trump promised to crack down on illegal immigration throughout his campaign, and it appears as if he’s following through on what he said.
This week, there’s been numerous reports of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement carrying out immigration sweeps across the country in what the department said were “routine” enforcement actions. According to Reuters, hundreds of illegals were arrested in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas as ICE agents carried out an “enforcement surge” to remove illegals from the country.
More from Reuters, via Yahoo! News:
The enforcement actions took place in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and surrounding areas, said David Marin, director of enforcement and removal for the Los Angeles field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Only five of 161 people arrested in Southern California would not have been enforcement priorities under the Obama administration, he said.
The agency did not release a total number of detainees. The Atlanta office, which covers three states, arrested 200 people, Bryan Cox, a spokesman for the office, said. The 161 arrests in the Los Angeles area were made in a region that included seven highly populated counties, Marin said.
Marin called the five-day operation an “enforcement surge.”
In a conference call with reporters, he said that such actions were routine, pointing to one last summer in Los Angeles under former President Barack Obama.
“The rash of these recent reports about ICE checkpoints and random sweeps, that’s all false and that’s dangerous and irresponsible,” Marin said. “Reports like that create a panic.”
He said that of the people arrested in Southern California, only 10 did not have criminal records. Of those, five had prior deportation orders.
President Trump has recently broadened the categories of illegals that would be targeted for deportation from those convicted of violent and drug-related crimes to anyone who had been charged with a crime. The move has communities of illegals terrified that they may be next, which isn’t a bad thing.
It’s awesome that we finally have a government that’s going to enforce the law and put the needs of our country above those of illegal foreign invaders. With how many people are waiting in line to come to our country the right way, nobody deserves or is entitled to coming here illegally.