In a series of sweeping raids, over 600 people throughout the country have been apprehended by immigration officials in the past week. Although the New York Times claims that it is "unclear" if the arrests have connections to President Donald Trump's monstruous (and patently illegal) executive orders on the issue, the timing is certainly suspicious, especially considering this tweet (yes, really) from our nation's leader:
Yet, even this glaring statement has been contradicted within Trump's administration. “The focus of these targeted enforcement operations is consistent with the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE’s Fugitive Operations Teams on a daily basis," said Gillian Christensen, acting press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.
An agent who agreed to speak to the Times on a condition of anonymity stated that “New York was late to the game ... All these people are in violation of some sort of immigration law ... We’re not going out to Walmart to check papers — we know who we are going out to seek.”
Not exactly a reassuring statement for the immigrant families who now fear for their safety, especially those living in New York, where 40 people were arrested. Social media served to spark even more paranoia, with false warnings about ICE officials in Queens and Jackson Heights going viral on Facebook.
“It really doesn’t matter if it’s business as usual from ICE’s perspective — at some point, we know that they will start to ramp up enforcement activity,” commented Steven Choi, the executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition.
Just another week in Trump's America.
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