President Donald Trump stated that he is bringing law and order back to the United States. He intends to build a wall to control the influx of illegal immigration into the United States.
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Some critics believe that President Donald Trump has been more harsh than past administrations. Some ICE officials disagree.
David Marin, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s field office director for enforcement and removal operations in greater Los Angeles, said the agency carries out these operations two or three times a year in his region. He says the California operation was in the planning stages “before the administration came out with their current executive orders.”
But immigrant rights groups say the actions are harsher than in the past.
Advocates began fielding calls Thursday from immigrants and their lawyers reporting raids at homes and businesses in the greater Los Angeles area.
In all, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested about 160 people during a five-day sweep in Southern California aimed at immigrants with criminal histories and deportation orders, including a Salvadoran gang member wanted in his country and a Brazilian drug trafficker. Marin acknowledged that five of those arrested would not have met the Obama administration’s enforcement priorities.
Advocates for illegal immigrants are pushing back. Some of the advocates are teachers.
Educators in the Austin school district are providing information to students on what to do if immigration enforcement officials show up at their home or try to question them.
The labor group Education Austin provided its 3,000 members with various documents, including United We Dream flyers that detail “what to do if ICE comes to your door” — referring to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — to hand out to students. Leaders of the group say they provided the information after hearing from teachers and parent support specialists who said they were fielding questions from students and families regarding their rights.
Rumors have swirled on social media for more than a week of some sort of ICE crackdown in the Austin area.
At least some students received the flyers this week at the International High School in East Austin, but it’s unclear how many teachers gave out the flyers, or whether they were provided during school hours.
The flyers offer advice in English and Spanish.
“I see it as providing resources to families in need,” said Montserrat Garibay, vice president of Education Austin. “We sent it to the members so they can share it with their students. This is a crisis and families are scared. And when we have students in crisis, whether it’s a hurricane or other crisis, we give them information on what they can do.
Federal law on the education of immigrants: