In recent days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have been conducting numerous raids around the country, taking undocumented immigrants into custody for eventual deportation.
Those fearing the implementation of Donald Trump’s promised Nazi-esque round-up of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. have been up in arms over this, with protests popping up in various locales and literature detailing a detained undocumented immigrant’s rights making its way around.
ICE, for its part, has claimed that the raids represent nothing more than “business as usual,” but that’s effectively impossible to verify.
ICE has routinely throughout recent years carried out raids targeting undocumented immigrants who had been convicted of crimes, but this time around, numerous reports suggest that ICE is targeting not only criminals, but also individuals who have no strikes against them besides outdated paperwork.
A local official from one of the jurisdictions most affected by the recent ICE raids called out the raids as “retaliation” for his community’s opposition to Trump.
Austin City Councilman Gregorio Casar went on to assert that the raids are “clear demonstrations of trying to intimidate the community.” Indeed, with reports that ICE has apprehended numerous individuals with no criminal background, Casar’s assertion seems credible.
The president weighed in on the whole thing this morning on Twitter, and his words are reminiscent of when he claimed that the implementation of his Muslim ban was “going well” — at exactly the same time as a number of major airports were reeling from the detention of dozens of legal immigrants.
Trump wrote, “The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!”
The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
Again, it’s not just “gang members and drug dealers” being removed. It’s also individuals who are not at all provably dangerous.
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