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ICE raids areas of high population for immigrants

by George Boria - Copy Editor
Mon, Feb 20th 2017 10:45 pm
Photo taken from Fox News on Twitter

President Donald Trump has kept true on his promises of cracking down on immigration. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (above) has caused massive rates of deportations by targeting areas heavily populated by immigrants.
Photo taken from Fox News on Twitter President Donald Trump has kept true on his promises of cracking down on immigration. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (above) has caused massive rates of deportations by targeting areas heavily populated by immigrants.

 So you and your family came to the United States looking for safety, opportunity and religious tolerance. 

You and your family found a place to live, have earned minimum wage jobs and maybe even made a few friends along the way. 

It wasn't easy and it sure isn't perfect, but at least you're safe now ... right? 

Maybe it seemed that way at first, but with President Donald Trump controlling the reins of the executive branch it might be time to get off of the unicorn and face reality. In his political campaign Trump told the world that America is unsafe because of loose, unregulated borders and a succession of illegal immigrants bringing nothing but negativity into the country.

"They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime," Trump said during his presidential announcement about immigrants entering the country from Mexico. "They're rapists."

Trump promised to deport immigrants and strengthen our southern border with a wall up to 45 feet high. Those who refused to support Trump passed the idea off as a joke, claiming that no one would allow massive deportation sweeps and even if it was allowed, there wasn't enough money in the government to fund such an endeavor. 

However, within his first month of office, Trump has stood by his promises with his executive orders banning immigrants from "terrorist prone" regions for a minimum of 90 days. 

It was only a matter of time before Trump looked toward immigrants already in the country and the department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has now begun raiding areas of the U.S. with known high immigrant populations.

According to USA Today, 678 people have been detained by the ICE in the last week. Trump supporters will argue that those being detained are criminals, rapists, drug addicts and simply no-gooders so you and your family are safer with them off the streets. 

According to the same article, only 74 percent of detained immigrants had a criminal record, which is a drastic change from 90 percent during former President Barack Obama's time in office. 

The statistics show that ICE raiders are less concerned today with whether they're deporting criminals than they are concerned with just deporting immigrants.

According to The Washington Post, ICE immigration raids have no limits as to who or where the raids are allowed to happen. In Alexandria, VA there is a church that offers its support as a homeless shelter for the surrounding community. 

On the morning of February 8, ICE agents waited outside of the Rising Hope United Methodist Church and arrested seven homeless Hispanic men after harassing them for information regarding their immigration status.

Trump-inspired immigration raids are developing a ballsy attitude toward undocumented immigrants, regardless of where they come from or what they have done. While it may not mean that you and your family are completely unsafe, it does pose a question about whether or not you're going to be safe throughout the next four years.


gbori1@brockport.edu

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