Immigration authorities arrest 160 during week-long raids

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"This operation was planned before the new administration took office, but what has changed is the enforcement priorities", said Vela, D-Brownsville, during an interview Monday with the Texas Tribune.

"In the past week, ICE has detained almost 700 undocumented immigrants, including the mother of two us citizen children, and just yesterday, a 23-year-old DREAMER with no criminal record who was taken from his father's home". He said 75 percent of those arrested were criminals, some of whom had been convicted of homicide and aggravated sexual assault.

John Kelly, the Homeland Security secretary, said that the operations were routine and consistent with operations carried out by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

"There were no concerted raids under the Obama administration for low-level criminal offenders, or for people with deportation orders, in the last three or four years".

CLARIFIES THAT FATHER HAS NOT BEEN DEPORTED Marlene Mosqueda left who's father was arrested by ICE agents early Friday morning to be deported talks at a news conference with her Attorney Karla Navarrette at The Coalition for Hum

USA Today immigration reporter Alan Gomez said "it does seem likely that these were regular raids that (ICE has) conducted".

Although there has been outrage from liberal activists over the recent ICE immigration sweeps, DHS said the recent actions were "routine".

For example, immigration officials arrested more than 160 people in Southern California Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Trump made enforcing immigration laws a priority during his presidential campaign previous year, but Christensen pointed out there were "a number" of similar operations during the administration of President Barack Obama.

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However, a spokesman for ICE said no raids are happening in Haverhill.

Con artists and scammers have apparently seized on the recent, high-profile deportations of immigrants in the USA in order to rip off people afraid of being detained and removed from the country.

The statement said that participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program can have their status revoked if they're found to pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Further, anyone who lies or misrepresents themselves before a government agency, or has abused any program related to the receipt of public benefits, is subject to deportation, according to Section 5 of the executive order.

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"Many of our members don't have papers", said Martinez, who leads the children's ministry at the church pastored by the Rev. Rufino Osorio.

The "targeted enforcement actions" took place in cities including Los Angeles, San Antonio, Atlanta and New York City.

After being sworn in, Trump took several controversial steps against immigration by ordering a wall on the border with Mexico and authorizing a crackdown on United States cities that shield illegal immigrants. On the local level, ICE made 16 arrests in Milwaukee in January; 74 arrests in MI and OH in December; and more than 100 in the Los Angeles area last July.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued an urgent fraud alert on Thursday, warning immigrant communities in the state about reports of fraudsters impersonating Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to intimidate immigrants and demand money.

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