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Immigration Agents:  Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are boldly and with much zeal, like the Star Trek Enterprise, going where no man has gone before to find, detain and arrest undocumented immigrants.

The immigration agents are enforcing President Donald Trump’s executive order cracking down on “illegals” that have been blamed for not just being bad hombres but for voting in droves in the presidential election depriving Trump of the popular vote. Under the prior administration most detainees were typically convicted criminals posing a threat to national security and gang members.

Not so under the inspiration of the new Sunkist leader. While officially claiming not to enter “sensitive locations” like: schools, places of worship, hospitals, funerals, weddings, etc…, immigration agents indeed are.

NEW TARGETS

CHURCH

Last month two undocumented immigrants inside a church run shelter were detained by ICE in Virginia as they left. Immigration officials say it was just a coincidence that the agents were outside the church and that they remain respectful of “safe places.” Really – doesn’t look like it.

SCHOOL

Father of four, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was arrested by ICE agents as he was dropping off his kids at school. He was detained in front of his children and other parents. He has no record of violence only a DUI arrest from 10-years-ago.

COURTHOUSE

ICE agents appeared inside an Austin, Texas courthouse arresting Juan Carlos Cornilla-Guerrero as he showed up for a scheduled court hearing. It is unprecedented for agents to show up inside a court room.

IMMIGRATION CHECK-IN

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos’ had been living in the U.S. for nearly two decades and regularly checking in with immigration officials for an existing deportation order. She was arrested last month during her latest check-in and became the first detainee under the new Trumpian administration, she has no criminal record.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

ICE arrested a transgender domestic violence victim while she was inside the El Paso County Courthouse finalizing her order of protection. Some suspect her alleged abuser might have called immigration authorities on her.

AILING BRAIN TUMOR PATIENT

“Sara” who was in immigration detention awaiting an asylum petition and became ill eventually diagnosed with a brain tumor. After leaving the hospital she was detained again and returned to immigration detention. After public outcry she was allowed to stay with family while receiving medical care.

PROTECTED DACA ‘DREAMER

Daniel Ramirez Media was detained by ICE while ICE came looking for his father, in spite of his protected deferred deportation status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Authorities justified the action claiming Medina is a gang member, a claim he denies.

PROTESTER AND DACA ‘DREAMER

Daniela Vargas, a DACA Dreamer and student, was arrested after leaving an immigration protest - ICE had been looking for her after she hide in her home while authorities took her undocumented father and brother into custody. After attending and speaking at an anti-immigration policy rally she was immediately arrested.

WHAT’S THE NEXT FRONTIER

SANCTUARY CITIES

The Trump administration is making it very uncomfortable for cities that do not comply with federal immigration law and are not cooperating with ICE and helping aid the arrest of the undocumented.

BATHROOMS

Possibilities as long as it is not a transgender bathroom – those are facing extinction under the new administration.

WAL-MART

Been there done it. In 2003, under Republican President George W. Bush, 300 undocumented Wal-Mart workers were arrested on a nationwide immigration crack down on companies using undocumented employees.

ANKLE MONITORS

Use of ankle monitors given after leaving immigration detention centers is becoming more of a common practice. A practice started under a different administration. The ankle monitor appears to be used as a condition of the release. There are currently about 12,000 immigrants wearing ankle monitors making it very easy for ICE to locate people who are awaiting a hearing on their immigration status.


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