A new report reveals that Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are planning a raid later this month billed as “the largest operation of its kind in the history of ICE“.
“While we generally do not comment on future potential law enforcement actions, operational plans are subject to change based on a variety of factors”.
Officials also stated that “in light of the hurricane, ICE’s highest priorities are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, the maintenance of public order, the prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible, and the speedy recovery of the region”.
ICE frequently plans multi-state operations that target hundreds or even thousands of criminal aliens at once, but agents often have difficulty tracking down suspects that use multiple aliases or have fraudulent identity documents.
ICE indicated in its statement Thursday night that the agency had reviewed “all upcoming operations” due to Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath in Texas and Hurricane Irma set to make landfall in Florida this weekend and “adjusted accordingly”.
“The higher-than-usual target number may be partially driven by an effort to reach a deportation goal at the end of the fiscal year, which ends September 30″, an official told NBC. While the raids will allegedly only target criminals and gang members, one of the officials told NBC News that other undocumented immigrants could be detained as “collateral”.
Meanwhile, this report comes on the heels of President Trump rescinding an Obama-era program that would protect immigrants brought into America as children.
8,400 arrests would be unprecedented, unusual, and ostensibly impossible to pull off. NBC News noted that ICE rarely detains more than half of the operation’s objective because targets are typically hard to locate and unwilling to answer agents who knock on their doors. Some illegal immigrants without prior convictions may have been arrested if they were present at raid sites, the official added.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Field Office Director Jorge Field (L), 53, arrests an Iranian immigrant in San Clemente, California, U.S., May 11, 2017. They also anxious that other members of a targeted household who had fallen out of legal status could be detained according to previous statements issued by the administration of President Donald Trump. The agency followed the same protocol in areas of Texas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey last week.