A change in policy to allow “collateral arrests” of illegal aliens is helping deport more who are in the US illegally. The policy under Obama was to not allow an illegal who wasn’t targeted during a sweep to be arrested. The Trump policy is to check out on a case by case basis anyone the ICE agents come across who is illegally in the US. The number of deported illegals should go up since the sweep can arrest more people.
Federal officers arrested 156 illegal immigrants and other people eligible to be deported from around the Chicago area over a six-day period, Homeland Security announced Tuesday.
It’s the latest sweep to target “sanctuary city” jurisdictions, which refuse some level of cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, have some of the most generous sanctuary policies in the country.
“‘Sanctuary cities’ not only provide refuge to illegal aliens, but they also protect criminal aliens who prey on people in their own communities,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division in Chicago. “The Chicago area is safer today because of the hard work of the men and women of ERO.”
The six-day operation, which ended last Thursday, targeted illegal immigrants and legal immigrants whose criminal records made them eligible for deportation.
Archy Newsy reports that almost all arrested illegals were of Mexican origin, in an operation that lasted six days and ended on Thursday .
According to the ICE statement, 14 of the detainees were fugitives who had final orders of deportation, 36 were illegally re-entered to the United States after having been previously deported and the remaining 106 arrests were of foreigners that are present illegally in the United States.
Univision Noticias met the testimony of one of the detainees, Bernardo Lázaro, who was leaving his house and was arrested by ICE. When he asked the reasons, they told him it was because he did not have documents.
Among the detainees, 74 had criminal convictions, 147 were men and 9 were women. The immigrants arrested during this operation come from the following 11 countries: Mexico (125) , Guatemala (10), Poland (6), El Salvador (4), Honduras (4), Philippines (2), Ecuador (1), Jamaica (1), Jordan (1), Lithuania (1) and New Zealand ( 1).
Illegal Alien Activist Rosi Carrasco said, “We are going to continue working to make this city, our county and the state a sanctuary.’
Some of those arrested by ERO deportation enforcement officers had a history of assault, sex trade, illegal entry, domestic violence, (DUI), drug trafficking, felony theft, homicide, indecent sexual conduct, Theft, obstruction of justice, possession of cocaine, possession of controlled substances, possession of marijuana, reckless discharge of a weapon, retail robbery, sexual assault, request for a sexual act, traffic infraction, and breaking and entering, according to the statement of ICE.
ICE said the targets of the operation generally either have criminal records, have snuck back in after having previously been deported, or were ordered removed but are defying the order.
But in looking for those targets out in the communities, ICE will now arrest some of the other illegal immigrants it comes in contact with, officials said. That’s a reversal from the Obama administration, which had carved most illegal immigrants out of any danger of deportation.
Those non-target arrests are called “collateral arrests.”
“During targeted enforcement operations, ICE officers frequently encounter other aliens illegally present in the United States. These aliens are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and, when appropriate, they are arrested by ICE officers,” the agency said.