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ICE Public Relations: We’re Focused on “Threats to Public Safety”

ICE Reality: We’re Focused on Soccer Stars, Moms and Dads Yesterday, ICE spokesperson Khaalid Walls told USA Today that “ICE continues to focus on people ‘who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security’” in its immigration enforcement efforts.  This followed a dark and deranged speech from President Trump last week, where he tried to claim … Continue reading »

Veteran ICE Agent: “We Seem to be Targeting the Most Vulnerable People, Not the Worst.”

Even by their own radical standards, the Trump Administration is now going for broke in its focus on kicking out and keeping out immigrants and advancing hard-line immigration policies. In renewed fashion, the Administration is again raising the bogeyman of immigrant criminality to justify raids against teenagers and potential retaliation against so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions;targeting parents of unaccompanied minors as the focus … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Reacts to Newly Reported ICE Memo Articulating Mass Deportation

A new ProPublica article reveals a previously unreported February 2017 memo from ICE that fully articulates the Trump Administration’s strategy to go after any and all undocumented immigrants: In a February memo, Matthew Albence, a career official who heads the Enforcement and Removal Operations division of ICE, informed his 5,700 deportation officers that, ‘effective immediately, ERO officers will … Continue reading »

Do Immigrants Enjoy Due Process in Deportation Cases? Not Exactly

John Kelly Thinks Immigration Judges’ Orders Should Be Final, Thomas Homan Thinks Immigrants Get Due Process; Here’s Why Neither is True Donald Trump is enacting his mass deportation agenda, and many of the people being deported fit a specific profile: they are mothers and fathers who have committed no major crimes, they’ve often been checking … Continue reading »

ICE Makes Clear Every Undocumented Immigrant is Fair Game for Deportation: More Examples

When it comes to its immigration enforcement strategy, the Trump Administration and its allies like to pretend that they are focusing on bad people. Witness the frequent rhetoric from President Trump and DHS Secretary John Kelly, ICE’s misleading statistical spin, and Speaker Paul Ryan’s dismissive response to the idea of a deportation force. That’s why ICE acting Director … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Redefines Immigration “Priorities” to Mean Everyone is at Risk

Homan says what we all know: everyone is fair game for deportation; removals of non-criminals are up because we’ve gone “from zero to 100” Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan testified about budget priorities in front of the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, and confirmed what advocates and deportation statistics have already shown. The Trump Administration is deporting … Continue reading »

ICE Director On Deporting Immigrants With No Criminal Record: “We Shouldn’t Wait for Them to Become a Criminal”

**This statement has been updated and corrected ** In testimony before the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee today, ICE acting Director Thomas Homan laid bare the Trump Administration’s radical views on immigration enforcement. Ted Hesson of Politico captured Homan’s key comments this way: If we find someone in the country illegally, we’re going to put … Continue reading »

ICE at Courthouses: Silences Victims, Rewards Criminals, Hurts Public Safety

The Trump Administration is justifying its sweeping crackdown on immigrants in public safety terms, saying that they are focused on going after so-called bad guys. Yet, through their new reliance on making immigration arrests at courthouses, as well as their overall focus on deporting immigrants who have lived here for decades or more, ICE is … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Houston Chronicle: “Out of Time: For a Houston Family, ICE crackdown shatters the good life they knew”

The Trump Administration’s DHS is focused on deporting any immigrant and every immigrant they can find – choosing “easy targets” such as those attending government check-ins who have no criminal records. In a powerful and heartbreaking piece published this weekend, the Houston Chronicle tells one local family’s heartbreaking story to demonstrate how “the rules have … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “ICE Agents Are Out of Control. And They Are Only Getting Worse.”

In a new piece for The Guardian, Trevor Timm reports on the escalation of arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record. It seems, he suggests, as if there’s an “internal contest” among ICE agents to see “who can participate in the most cruel and inhumane arrest possible.” Timm’s piece is excerpted below or available … Continue reading »