84 ARRESTED BY ICE IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST

EPCC NEWS
March 31, 2017

84 ARRESTED BY ICE IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Los Angeles – ICE Sweeps Immigrants Nationwide.

The EPCC NEWS sources learned today that Eighty-four 84 “ undocumented immigrants “in Oregon and Washington states were arrested during a three-day sweep, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday.

Sixty of the people arrested had criminal histories, ICE said. Twenty-four did not.

The sweep took place between March 25 – March 27. ICE said it specifically targeted “at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives.”

Confirmed ICE Raids

The announcement confirms ICE conducted an operation specifically targeting undocumented immigrants with criminal histories in Oregon and Washington. The news comes after several undocumented immigrants, including DACA residents (“dreamers”), were detained.

Most of the people who were arrested were from Mexico. Eight were from Guatemala, two were from Honduras and one each was from El Salvador, the United Kingdom, Cambodia, Brazil, Laos, the Philliipines, Western Samoa, Myanmar and Russia.

Of the 84 arrested, 19 had criminal convictions for DUII – the most common conviction.Seven people were arrested in Multnomah County and 13 were arrested in Washington County. King County in Washington had the most arrests, with 19.

Nationwide ICE Sweep

ICE sweeps have taken place in at least half a dozen states since President Donald Trump took office. ICE said targeted enforcement operations are happening every day across the country.

Under Trump, ICE has been given more authority to arrest undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions or with minor infractions, a departure from former president Barack Obama’s policy, which only targeted people who pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Despite a stricter ICE policy, more than 2 million people were deported during the eight years Barack Obama was president.

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