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ICE officials crack down on illegal immigration in NC, across US

Posted January 14

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— Federal agents are cracking down on people in the U.S. illegally, including women and children, as dozens of people have recently been taken into custody.

The WRAL News documentary "The Journey Alone" took viewers to the U.S.-Mexico border in the summer of 2014, a time when authorities reported a record number of children crossing the border by themselves. Now, many of the same children are facing deportation.

"ICE has made more of an effort to target, we believe, women and children and asylum seekers," said U.S. Committee for Refugees attorney Claudia Hurtado-Myers.

At the start of the year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers carried out a nationwide operation targeting adults who crossed the border illegally with children. Many of those adults, who immigration advocates say should not be a deportation priority, now live in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas.

"ICE has already set certain priorities in a memo," Hurtado-Myers said.

In a November memo, ICE officials listed the top priority as threats to national security, border security and public safety.

According to Robert Alfieri, the acting deputy field office director with ICE, his team is looking for the "bad guy."

"Most of the entrants from Central America are single moms with children, not criminals," Hurtado-Myers said. "If you come into the immigration court, the first time the immigration judge says get an attorney. Unfortunately, we’re dealing with people that are very financially incapable of getting one, and the government will not pay for one."

But ICE officials say these people are considered new immigration violators - and that is their second priority - misdemeanants and new immigration violators.

In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson indicated there may be more raids.

"At my direction, additional enforcement operations such as these will continue to occur as appropriate," he said.

North Carolina currently has 1,788 removal orders for women and children, according to a program by Syracuse University.

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  • Steve Allen Jan 29, 2016
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    January 14th was my birthday. Sounds like Ice gave me a birthday present. Keep up the good work ICE. Deport, Deport, Deport

  • Sam Adams Jan 15, 2016
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    121, that's it? That is absolutely pathetic. I know of certain employers here in the Triangle where you can go round up more than that in just one raid. This is all smoke and mirrors to make it look like they are doing something.

  • Paul Donovan Jan 15, 2016
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    "Most of the entrants from Central America are single moms with children, not criminals," Hurtado-Myers said. "If you come into the immigration court, the first time the immigration judge says get an attorney. Unfortunately, we’re dealing with people that are very financially incapable of getting one, and the government will not pay for one."

    Are you kidding ? Once you set foot illegally in this country you are breaking the law and deemed a criminal. Why does she think that the government of the US should supply legal representation to someone who is here illegally ?

  • Reggie Berryman Jan 15, 2016
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    This country and it's illegals is equivalent to a ship in the middle of the ocean with a big hole in its hull! You can bail water all you want but until you plug the hole, water will continue to come in! And no matter how much you bail it will eventually sink!

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Jan 14, 2016
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    11 MILLION living in the US illegally right now.... with thousands more showing up each month.... ICE taking dozens of people into custody isnt going to solve the problem.