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    Homeland Security Plans Massive Roundups of Illegal Aliens This Month

    SEP 7 2017, 7:59 PM ET

    Homeland Security Plans Massive Roundups of Undocumented Immigrants

    by JULIA AINSLEY and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security is planning nationwide raids to target 8,400 undocumented immigrants later this month, according to three law enforcement officials and an internal document that described the plan as "the largest operation of its kind in the history of ICE," an acronym for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    The raids, scheduled over five days beginning Sept. 17, are being called "Operation Mega," according to the document, a memo circulated agency-wide in August.


    It is not unusual for ICE operations to target immigrants by the hundreds or even low thousands.

    The higher-than-usual target number may be partially driven by an effort to reach a deportation goal at the end of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, one of the officials said.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrest a suspect during a pre-dawn raid on January 17, 2007 in Santa Ana, California. Mark Avery / AP file

    Operation Mega is still in the planning stage and its details may change or it may even be cancelled, the officials said, especially as the agency reallocates resources toward rescue operations in Florida ahead of the looming Hurricane Irma.


    Related: Trump Ends DACA Program, No New Applications Accepted


    If carried out, it would come on the heels of Trump's controversial decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, that allows some immigrants who were brought into the United States as children to stay.


    Immigration agents often only arrest one-quarter to one-half of the target population due to the difficulty of locating individuals and getting them to open their doors to agents.



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    ICE has been planning the operation internally since mid-August and has instructed officers in the field to target adults deemed to be gang members or perpetrators of serious crimes, said one of the officials.

    Other undocumented immigrants not suspected of crimes may be swept up in the raids as "collateral," the official said.


    Operation Mega would not target juveniles, one of the officials said. And DACA recipients are not at risk for deportation until March 5, 2018, the date President Trump set the program to expire if Congress does not act to make it law.


    Department of Homeland spokesman Dave Lapan said Thursday that immigration agents would cease to target non-criminal immigrants seeking relief from Hurricane Irma. The agency followed the same protocol in areas of Texas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey last week.

    Immigration detainees walk down a hall at the Theo Lacy Facility, a county jail which houses convicted criminals as well as immigration detainees arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Orange, California on March 14, 2017. Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images, file

    A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jennifer Elzea, said the agency "is not able to speculate about potential future targeted enforcement actions."

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    ICE denies plan for nationwide immigration raids

    BY JOSH DELK - 09/07/17 09:16 PM EDT 762
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    Federal officials are denying plans to conduct a series of immigration raids across the country later this month, saying upcoming operations have been "adjusted" due to hurricanes impacting Texas and Florida.

    "There is currently no coordinated nationwide operation planned at this time," U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement late Thursday.


    "The priority in the affected areas should remain focused on life-saving and life-sustaining activities," it added.


    The statement came after NBC News reported Thursday that the Department of Homeland Security was planning a series of immigration raids across the country later this month targeting 8,400 undocumented immigrants.


    NBC reported that a five-day operation, slated to begin Sept. 17, would be "the largest operation of its kind in the history of ICE," according to interviews with officials and a document outlining the plan.


    "Operation Mega," as the internal document termed it, was reportedly going to be primarily focused on capturing undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes or are involved in gang activities.


    ICE indicated in its statement Thursday night that the agency had reviewed "all upcoming operations" due to Hurricane Harvey's aftermath in Texas and Hurricane Irma set to make landfall in Florida this weekend and "adjusted accordingly."


    "While we generally do not comment on future potential law enforcement actions, operational plans are subject to change based on a variety of factors," ICE said.


    "Due to the current weather situation in Florida and other potentially impacted areas, along with the ongoing recovery in Texas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had already reviewed all upcoming operations and has adjusted accordingly," it continued.


    "For the safety and security of our communities, ICE fugitive operations teams will continue to target and arrest criminal aliens and other individuals who are in violation of our nation’s immigration laws, in non-affected areas of the country, as part of routine operations."


    ICE acting director Thomas Homan said in July that the agency had gotten a green light to hire 10,000 new immigration agents, in an effort to allocate more personnel and resources to arrest immigrants being sheltered in so-called sanctuary cities.


    An official told NBC News that while the raids later this month were geared primarily at those who have committed crimes, other undocumented immigrants could be swept up as "collateral."


    The move comes after President Trump decided this week to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shielded from deportation those brought to the U.S. illegally as children who had applied for work visas.


    An official told NBC that juveniles were not a target of Operation MEGA.


    – This post was updated at 11:15 p.m. with ICE's denial

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    So who leaked that to ABC? They should be fired.

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