Harvey and Irma Stall Wide-Scale Immigration Raid

Harvey and Irma Stall Wide-Scale Immigration Raid

Although the Department of Homeland Security recently had planned nationwide raids targeting an estimated 8,400 undocumented immigrants, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have reportedly derailed those plans. “Operation Mega,” which was scheduled to occur over a five-year period starting September 17 th, allegedly would have been largest operation of its kind for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in history. The raids may have been scheduled to coincide with the intent of reaching a certain deportation goal by the end of the 2017 federal fiscal year on September 30 th. Agency officials indicated that all available resources were focused on lifesaving and life-sustaining activities, rather than immigration enforcement efforts. However, they refused to comment on future operations, only indicating that immigration agents would not arrest undocumented non-criminal immigrants seeking relief from the hurricanes. The targets of the raid were adults accused of being gang members or perpetrators of serious crimes. Other undocumented immigrants, however, likely would be caught up in the raids as “collateral.” In many planned operations, immigration agents arrest only one-quarter to one-half of the intended targets, mostly due to the difficulty of locating targets and getting them to open to the door. The raid did not target juveniles, and DACA recipients are not susceptible to deportation until March 5, 2018. Immigrant rights groups and other immigration advocates had condemned the intended raids, particularly because of the non-criminal undocumented immigrants that likely were to be caught up in the raid. As Trump’s top immigration agent proclaimed earlier in the year, no immigrant population is “off the table.” In fact, in the most recent ICE raid, statistics show that 70% of those arrested were “collateral arrests,” or arrested solely because immigration agents had run across them in the course of their investigations or raids. Although enforcement of immigration laws continues to occur, we expect to see fewer enforcement actions, at least in some areas of the country, as citizen and non-citizen residents alike struggle to rebuild in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes. When you or a loved one are detained and face deportation for any reason, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is here to help. We care about you, your family, and your ability to remain in the U.S. As a result, our California deportation defense lawyers stand ready to build the strongest possible deportation defense case on your behalf. Contact your Oakland immigration lawyer today and learn how we can advocate for you and your family in your deportation proceedings.
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