AUSTIN, Texas ― President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on undocumented immigrants is in full force this week, with increased deportation efforts around the country, activists and elected officials said Friday.
Immigrant rights advocates reported an uptick in Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests ― including the detention of people who were considered low priority for removal until Trump signed an order last month making nearly every undocumented immigrant an important target for deportation.
ICE officials initially said that this week’s actions were “routine” and nothing outside the ordinary. But in a conference call with reporters Friday evening, an ICE official appeared to contradict that statement, saying that the agencies targeted several cities in an “enforcement surge.”
However, report says the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) https://www.aclu.org/blog/what-we-stand has been working hard with various groups in collaboration with the Jewish Family Services https://www.jfsdelaware.org/family-support/refugees/ to protect vulnerable refugees scheduled to be resettled in the USA and those individuals living in the US on expired documentations. These include foreign students and other professionals etc.
According to report, the group in its own weak way, is said to be reaching out to the African Union to diplomatically engage Washington to express their concerns since over 1 million Africans might become vulnerable to this enforced process unnecessarily. Since Friday, we have been in New York City to contact key African missions with the view of galvanizing the AU’s support and action against the impact that their citizens might encounter as a result of this unwarranted decision.
Since the weekend, over 360 immigrants have been picked up for deportation.
SOURCE: The Huffington Post Online