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American citizen wrongfully detained by ICE

by Matthew Lauster - Contributing Writer
Tue, Nov 6th 2018 11:00 pm
High demand With an increased demand from Donald Trump, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit is trying to detain as many immigrants as possible.
High demand With an increased demand from Donald Trump, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit is trying to detain as many immigrants as possible.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE) has become one of the most controversial government organizations during the Trump administration. Even though ICE receives support from republicans, pictures of children being in cages has lead to the Families Belong Together movement and has given the organization a bad name. The organization’s image worsened when Guadalupe R. Plascenia was given a $55,000 settlement in October 2018 after a six month investigation that started in December of last year.

According to a report by The New York Times, court documents revealed Plascenia was first detained and handcuffed by ICE agents, and it only got worse from there. During the six month trial for false arrest and imprisonment, Plascenia was threatened with the possibility of being deported and never seeing her family again. Plascenia was then insulted by ICE officers by being being told she was “nothing” and “nobody” at the facility. There are many stories like Plascenia’s to tell, especially since many believe that a lot of ICE's actions are directed towards innocent Americans rather than actual immigrants who entered the country illegally. In fact, according to a New York Times report in the Summer of 2018, over 1,500 Americans have been detained by ICE under false pretenses.

Situations like these not only highlight the racial divide in the United States, but it only creates more of a split between the two sides. With seemingly every prominent republican, including President Donald Trump supporting ICE, many minorities who experience pressure from ICE, feel like they were abandoned by their own federal government. ICE activities have increased under the Trump Administration.

According to Poltifact, the amount of in country deportations increased by almost 20,000 immigrants from 2016 to 2017.

Not only have interior deportations increased, but the number of administrative arrests by ICE have also increased.

From 2016 to 2017, the number of administrative arrests have grown from 110,104 people to 143,470 Americans. Despite the statistics showing that ICE activity has dropped along the Mexico border, there are countless immigrants with a story similar to Plascenia’s. It is safe to say that that one singular number does not tell the whole story. With such a drastic growth in activity from ICE, it is not surprising to anyone that President Trump plans to increase ICE significantly. The current administration has hired 5,000 new ICE agents back in January of 2017.

With the racist rhetoric Trump has used, even since before he was elected, and how he boasts about his knowledge regarding “protecting” the Southern border, one would definitely expect more additions to come for ICE.

Ever since the start of his Presidential campaign in 2015, President Trump has done nothing but create enemies of immigration advocates with his tone toward latin immigrants on a group of people. His attempts to make it harder for immigrants to enter the United States have only become bolder and more frequent with time.

Donald Trump has tapped into the psyche of a certain type of American that many thought or hoped was long gone. Building a wall or placing all of the blame for crime or any other issue plaguing this nation of Hispanic or Latin descent does nothing to solve the problem. In a country such as the United States of America that is known as “the great melting pot,” maybe it is time to take that nickname to heart instead of resorting to policy that seems racist and petty.