ICE: Democrats' Advice on 'Avoiding Deportation' Helping Illegals Escape
Ice officials blame advice from sitting members of congress to slow start
The first iteration of deportation sweeps began today netting just 35 migrants, with only eighteen being actual targets, according to ICE.
The slow start is set to pick up momentum, but ICE officials said that recent advice from sitting members of congress likely helped them escape detection.
Out of the 18 illegal immigrants netted 17 people nabbed were “collateral” arrests, meaning they happened to be present at the time Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were looking for targets.
“This is just the beginning of the operation,” acting ICE Director Matthew Albence said.
Albence said that sitting members of Congress who warned illegal immigrants how to avoid ICE officers, likely to have helped them escape detection.
But Albence vowed to have his officers continue to work the cases.
“We’re patient,” he said.
Mr. Albence added the operation was a “targeted enforcement action.”
“Calling these raids does a disservice to everybody involved in this process,” he said.
“A raid brings up all sorts of emotions, conjured images of indiscriminate enforcement action.”
The Trump administration granted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) additional powers to rapidly deport illegal aliens by bypassing immigration courts, according to reports.
The powers will apply in situations where an illegal immigrant is unable to prove they have been residing in the United States continuously for at least two years.
Warning: The Trump admin is expected to begin ICE raids across the country TOMORROW, targeting people for round up.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 22, 2019
NOW is the time for us to come together:
- Check in w/ your neighbors
- Share “Know Your Rights” info
- If you see ICE, report to @UNITEDWEDREAM 1-844-363-1423 https://t.co/UgWK0Km3sl
According to The Washington Times: In this case, he said, the people involved came to the border as part of the migrant surge, and were processed and quickly released into communities. Most of them didn’t show up for their initial immigration court hearing and were ordered deported in absentia.
ICE then reached out to them at the addresses they’re reported to the government, trying to schedule an orderly removal.
Only 3% took advantage of that, Mr. Albence said.
He said one reason for the low initial numbers is that the family migrants are tougher to track down because the government only has information from the migrants themselves.
But he also said some migrants escaped arrest because ICE officers feared they were being “surveilled.”
“For officer safety reasons we discontinued the enforcement operation,” he said.
Last month, New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez advised illegal immigrants on evading Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) round-up, citing a George Soros funded group United We Dream.
“Warning: The Trump admin is expected to begin ICE raids across the country TOMORROW, targeting people for round up,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a post.
The tweet also linked to a tweet by Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which listed several significant cities where ICE raids were expected to start.