In the last week, federal immigration officials have arrested more than 600 illegal immigrants, most of whom have been accused of crimes. All who were detained were violating U.S. immigration laws.
Immigration officials state that this was a planned operation, that had been scheduled for weeks. They did not target random people. A source told the New York Times, “‘All these people are in violation of some sort of immigration law,’ the official said, adding that some of their convictions included rape and aggravated assault. ‘We’re not going out to Walmart to check papers — we know who we are going out to seek.'”
Trump tweeted, “The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!”
The New York Times also notes that:
At least in the New York area (including Long Island), fewer people were arrested than during an Obama administration enforcement sweep in August, when 58 people were arrested.
The Obama administration was especially active in deporting unauthorized immigrants, most notably in 2012, when 409,849 people were deported. In 2015, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the arrests of more than 2,000 people nationwide in one week, targeting criminals. And the Obama administration was still sweeping up low-priority immigrants last summer.
However, these new raids show that Trump is keeping his campaign promises and ramping up deportations. Deportations have been expanded to groups who were not targeted before, such as those without criminal records.
Liberal media has spread rumors of random raids and arrests. Panic spread across social media as lawyers in the Kansas City, MO, area, heard rumors that ICE planned arrest those on their way to worship on Sunday. This has been proven false.
ICE officials helped to clear things up with The New York Times:
“Absolutely not!” Ms. Christensen, the Homeland Security spokeswoman, said. “That is completely false and an example of the many kinds of irresponsible, baseless fear-mongering we’ve been seeing.”
Through a statement from his spokeswoman Rosemary Boeglin, Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to reassure New York City’s immigrants on Sunday. “New Yorkers should rest assured that city officials, including the N.Y.P.D., will never ask about your immigration status, and the N.Y.P.D. will never become immigration enforcement agents,” Ms. Boeglin said.