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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Statement From Secretary Kelly On Recent ICE Enforcement Actions

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Release Date: February 13, 2017
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a series of targeted enforcement operations across the country. These operations targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

ICE officers in the Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City areas of responsibility arrested more than 680 individuals who pose a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation’s immigration system. Of those arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.

ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years.

The focus of these enforcement operations is consistent with the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE’s Fugitive Operations teams on a daily basis.
President Trump has been clear in affirming the critical mission of DHS in protecting the nation and directed our Department to focus on removing illegal aliens who have violated our immigration laws, with a specific focus on those who pose a threat to public safety, have been charged with criminal offenses, have committed immigration violations or have been deported and re-entered the country illegally.

I commend the heroic efforts of the dedicated officers of ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations and those who provided assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as cooperating state and local law enforcement agencies. These professionals put their lives on the line to protect our communities and country. There is no greater calling that to serve and protect our nation – a mission that the men and women of ICE perform with professionalism and courage every single day.

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Are we supposed to believe this statement? Does Matt believe it?

    If the Trump administration is really planning to focus on dangerous criminals for deportation as its priority, instead of casting a much wider dragnet, why did the White House and DHS (allegedly) order ICE to cancel its scheduled meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss and answer questions about the raids?

    http://thehill.com/latino/319545-dem...ration-meeting

    Isn't the cancellation one more indication, along with his claim in the 9th Circuit Muslim ban case that his power to make "national security" decision over immigrant entry to the US is "unreviewable", that Trump intends to rule as a dictator over immigration, not as the leader of a democracy?

    Roger Algase
    Attornney at Law
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