DHS: Most Immigrants Arrested By ICE Had Crime Records

ICE raids spark immigration fears, rumors in California and on social media

Almost 40 foreign nationals were detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in New York City, according to a memo released by organization.

"There is a factor of fear in the communities, but we're trying to make sure that we provide the right information, that we provide a space for them to come forward if they hear [of] or are victims of it, and make sure that people are prepared", said Gonzalo Mercado. "As it is part of a criminal investigation pending federal prosecution, we can not release further details".

Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 680 people in raids across the US last week, approximately three-fourths of whom had prior criminal convictions, according to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Plant City, in Hillsborough County, has a sizable immigrant population due to farming.

DHS, which overseas U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said Monday that about 75 percent of those arrested were "criminal aliens", including some who had been convicted of crimes such as homicide, sexual assault of a minor and drug-trafficking.

In addition, the order permits agents to arrest "removable aliens who.in the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security".

According to Kelly, ICE regularly conducts these sort of actions and they are consistent with the "routine" arrests ICE agents make on a daily basis.

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"ICE will not confirm an operation prior to its completion, nor will ICE speculate on future operational activities", she said.

However, there are apparently undocumented immigrants with no criminal records were also arrested and could possibly be deported.

Republican President Donald Trump promised to deport 2 million to 3 million migrants with criminal records on taking office. Of the 190 people arrested, 127 had previous criminal convictions. "But for people who have committed no crimes, or their only crime is crossing the border, this is very, very bad", Senator Schumer said. None of the operations occurred in Utah, but some say the actions are a sign of how the Trump Administration will implement immigration policy.

Authorities also apprehended people last week in ICE's Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and San Antonio areas of responsibility.

The memo said that "the vast majority (nearly 95%) of those arrested had criminal convictions".

"Through these executive orders, Trump is saying that everyone is a target, that anyone who is undocumented is a public threat". And several Charlotte businesses that serve immigrant customers say they're closing early because their staff and customers fear raids or check-points.

An ICE official in the Los Angeles office said the raids were part of an "enforcement surge" but maintained they were routine.

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