U.S. immigration authorities now arresting large numbers of undocumented immigrants

U.S. immigration authorities are now arresting large numbers of undocumented immigrants in the first large-scale enforcement of Trump’s Jan. 25 order -- including many without criminal records who have been here decades, and have families and children in the United States.


1. Not because there’s a sudden influx. The number of unauthorized immigrants has been dropping steadily since 2008. It peaked in 2007 at 12.2 million, when they were 4 percent of the U.S. population. Now they number about 11 million, and 3.7 percent.

2. Not because they’re responsible for lots of crime. FBI data show undocumented immigrants commit a lower rate than native-born Americans.

3. Not because they’re terrorists. Almost all were originally from Latin America and Southeast Asia, and few if any have been connected with terrorist-related events.

4. Not because they’re taking jobs away from Americans. Data show undocumented workers are doing jobs – eldercare, gardening, heavy manual labor, agriculture – that native-born Americans don’t want.

5. Not because it’s cheap to find them and deport them. We’re now spending more on immigration enforcement (over $18 billion a year) than on all other major law enforcement agencies combined -- including the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Secret Service, U.S. Marshal Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

So why are we now cracking down on unauthorized immigrants who aren't criminals? Because they’re easy scapegoats for Trump. Throughout history, tyrants have used scapegoats to build their power.


  • Mom deported to Mexico amid Phoenix protests

    PHOENIX -- The deportation of an immigrant mother in Phoenix who was granted leniency during the Obama administration provides an early example of how President Trump plans to carry through on his vow to crack down on illegal immigration.

    The case of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos became a rallying cry Thursday for immigrant groups who believe Mr. Trump’s approach to immigration unfairly tears apart families. Her arrest prompted a vocal demonstration in downtown Phoenix as protesters blocked enforcement vans from leaving a U.S. immigration office. Seven people were arrested.image
    Garcia de Rayos is locked in a van stopped by protesters outside the ICE facility in Phoenix.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed to CBS News that Garcia was deported to Mexico Thursday morning. Garcia was the subject of a court-issued removal order that became final in July 2013 after going through multiple levels of the immigration court system, ICE said in a statement.

  • I guess Micronesians don't need to worry as they are not illegal immigrants, but watch out. Commit a crime and our status will change really fast.
  • I hope you are right, mickjagger. But Trump has another way to deport FAS citizens if he chooses to do it.

    A draft plan, under discussion inside the Trump administration, promises to exclude would-be immigrants who might need public assistance and to deport, whenever possible, those already dependent on welfare.

    The draft executive order, as written, illuminates one of the ways in which the Trump administration plans to deliver on campaign-trail promises to halt what candidate Trump repeatedly described as the intentional abuse of American social service programs. The effort, as described, appears to want to reduce immigrants’ impact on American taxpayers and the workforce.

    The language in the order, as written, portrays immigrants generally as a drain on the American taxpayer, and would direct the government to address the issue in several ways.

    The draft order would:

    1) Direct various federal agencies to more strictly identify and exclude potential immigrants likely to need certain types of public aid and deport those already in the United States who have had to rely on social services help.

    2) Command federal officials to determine how much the federal government could save — it specifically suggests a savings of $100 billion — if immigrants were limited to getting “only the public benefits that they are eligible to receive.”

    3) Compel federal officials to demand reimbursement from people inside the United States who made legal promises to support immigrant relatives, if necessary.

    4) Require social service agencies to report immigrant benefit recipients to federal authorities.







  • The Mexican woman went thru the court system earlier during the Obama administration; and all of her legal avenues were exhausted; the judge determined that she was to be deported. Apparently, she forged ID documents. So she is on the record as subject to deportation by judges during the Obama administration. It's just being implemented at this time that the new administration has come to the picture.
  • The mother hid her true identity when she applied for a social security card 20 years ago so that she could work to support her family. She never committed any crime of violence against anyone . ICE could have deported her during the Obama administration but Obama directed ICE to prioritize the deportation of violent criminals, not working mothers.

    "As a nonviolent felon, she was considered a low priority for deportation under the Obama administration, but an executive order by President Trump widened the priorities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to include all immigrants in the country illegally with a criminal record.

    Garcia de Rayos spent 22 years in the country illegally, arriving in the U.S. when she was 14. She was convicted in 2009 of felony identity theft after she was arrested in a workplace raid under then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio."

  • "Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos went to mass and said a prayer before her immigration check-in Wednesday in Phoenix.

    It was her eighth visit since she was arrested in 2008 for using a fake Social Security number. After each meeting, the married mother of two went back to her family.

    This time was different. She was detained and within 24 hours she was deported to her native Mexico. She was turned over to Mexican authorities at a border crossing in Nogales, Arizona, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

    Her lawyers claim she is a victim of President Donald Trump’s tougher stance on illegal immigration.

    “I think this is a direct result of the new executive orders that are being put into actions by President Trump calling them ‘enhancing public safety,’ which really appears only to be attacking immigrant communities and people of color,” said her attorney, Ray Maldonado.

    But U.S. immigration officials say her case had followed the legal system process and it was time for Garcia de Rayos, 35, to go back to her home country.

    “Ms. Garcia, who has a prior felony conviction in Arizona for criminal impersonation, was the subject of a court-issued removal order that became final in July 2013,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. “(Her) immigration case underwent review at multiple levels of the immigration court system, including the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the judges held she did not have a legal basis to remain in the U.S.”

    Garcia de Rayos might be the first person deported from Arizona under President Donald Trump’s executive order signed two weeks ago that focuses on removing undocumented immigrants with a history of arrests, her attorney told CNN affiliate KNXV-TV.

    Any undocumented immigrant convicted or simply charged with a crime who hasn’t been adjudicated could be deported under a new Trump administration executive order announced January 25.

    Under the Obama administration, only undocumented immigrants convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors were considered priorities for deportation.

    Garcia de Rayos’ husband and teenage children joined the protesters outside ICE headquarters.

    Asked what she would ask Trump if she could, Garcia de Rayos’ daughter Jaqueline told KNXV: “I’d ask him, ‘Why he would want to take her from me?’ She hasn’t done anything wrong and I’m not scared of him.”

    ‘A threat to nobody’

    Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, said the events of Garcia de Rayos’s detention and deportation are a travesty.

    “Rather than tracking down violent criminals and drug dealers, ICE is spending its energy deporting a woman with two American children who has lived here for more than two decades and poses a threat to nobody,” he said.

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    ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS= UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS. They are the same word except the later is the PC way of saying ILLEGAL. THEY are in the U.S illegally. They broke the law that is why they are called illegals. This is absurd to the max that now the democrats are now defending peoples who broke law.
  • There should be concern that FAS citizens will be caught up in immigration raids and proposed deportation of welfare using immigrants. Based on personal experience it is amazing how many US officials do not know about FAS rights in the US. It is the potential harrassment that may come due to confusion with Latino appearances, or absence of visa or green card in passports. Especially in places like Phoenix.
  • America is changing, to say the leastimage
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