Panic grips immigrant community as Trump’s deportation force detain hundreds of immigrants

February 12, 2017 | By | Reply More

US immigration force conducted raids in six states fear and panic have gripped immigrant community as reports circulate that federal agents have become aggressive following President Donald Trump’s strict order.

us immigrationFederal officials made it clear they have not made fundamental changes in enforcement actions, and they deny stopping people randomly at checkpoints or conducting “sweeps” of locations where undocumented immigrants are common.

But panic among immigrants spiked last week after the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency conducted a nation-wide of enforcement actions in large metropolitan areas, arresting hundreds of people in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and other cities.

USA based Amnesty International released a statement Saturday saying reports of the enforcement actions “raise grave human rights concerns.” Members of the Congressional Hispanic Congress demanded an immediate meeting with Thomas Homan, the acting head of ICE.

“Immigration forces action have struck fear in the hearts of the immigrant community as many fear that President Trump’s promised ‘deportation force’ is now has taken into full consideration,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Homan.

But immigration activists say that the operation was larger in scope than the government claims, including at least four additional states, and that agents have also captured people without criminal records.

Lawyers from Immigration and  activists, and Democratic lawmakers say they are hearing reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been setting up checkpoints, conducting random sweeps.

At least one purported instance, going door to door in a Hispanic community in Atlanta and asking for people’s papers. These stories are mostly unconfirmed, and ICE officials strongly deny such claims, announcing in a statement that “the rash of recent reports about purported ICE checkpoints and random sweeps are false, dangerous and irresponsible.”

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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