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    Immigration arrests, deportation up in Iowa, its neighbors

    Immigration arrests, deportation up in Iowa, its neighbors

    • By Erin Murphy Lee Des Moines Bureau

    • Feb 16, 2018 Updated 2 hrs ago

    DES MOINES — Immigration arrests and deportations increased significantly during the past year in Iowa and its neighboring states, federal data shows.

    Those numbers have spiked under the heightened focus on enforcing U.S. immigration laws by President Donald Trump’s administration.

    Immigration arrests are up 67 percent and deportations 55 percent in the region that includes Iowa, according to the data.

    “I can only speak for the Latino immigrants and the undocumented, and there is a lot of fear, a lot of apprehension and uncertainty,” Michael Reyes, who is from Davenport and is the state director of Iowa’s chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, told the bureau last year. “There are things that are happening now as a result of this current administration, and it’s got (immigrants living in the country without full legal status) in fear.”

    After making immigration reform one of the central staples of his campaign, Trump immediately instructed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more forcefully.

    The Trump administration said it would continue to prioritize immigrants in the country illegally who also had been convicted of other crimes, as did President Barack Obama’s administration. But the Trump administration made clear it would not stop there.

    Approximately 11 million immigrants live in the U.S. without legal residency, according to the Pew Research Center.

    “Anyone who is in the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” Trump said during a September 2016 campaign speech in Arizona.

    Shortly after he took office, Trump’s administration began the work of enforcing the stronger immigration policy.

    “Under this executive order, with extremely limited exceptions, (the federal Department of Homeland Security) will not exempt classes or categories of removal aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to enforcement proceedings, up to and including removal from the United States,” reads a February 2017 department fact sheet. “The guidance makes clear, however, that (the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE) should prioritize several categories of removable aliens who have committed crimes, beginning with those convicted of a criminal offense.”

    That focus has produced significant increases in immigration arrests and deportations, according to federal data. Nationally, arrests are up 30 percent, although deportations nationally are down 6 percent, according to the data.

    The federal immigration enforcement agency does not keep state-level data, but does track regional data, an agency a spokesman said. Iowa is included in a five-state area that includes Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas.

    Deportations in that five-state area increased 55 percent and immigration arrests jumped 67 percent from the state budget year that ended in September 2016, just before the 2016 elections, to the state budget year that ended in September 2017, according to the federal data.

    And enforcement did not just focus on immigrants with a criminal history. The number of deportations of immigrants without a criminal conviction jumped 74 percent from the 2016 to 2017 budget years, and the number of arrests nearly tripled.

    Immigration arrests and deportations in the five-state area had been decreasing from the 2013 to 2016 federal budget years, according to the data. The spike in 2017 brings the numbers roughly to the same level as 2013.

    After assisting with the data, the federal spokesman did not immediately return a message with questions about the numbers.

    In a recent report, a federal immigration official told the Washington Post the department and Trump administration simply is restoring the rule of law.

    “What are we supposed to do?” Matthew Albence, the top official in the agency’s immigration enforcement division, told the Post. If the department does not uphold its duties and enforce immigration laws, Albence told the Post, “then the system has no integrity.”

    Iowa immigrant advocacy groups are tracking numbers in Iowa to the best of their ability via an immigration enforcement hotline that was created in February 2017, a month after Trump took office.

    According to the groups, in the past year 64 Iowa families have reported deportation, detention or surveillance by federal agents, and the targets have lived in Iowa from six months to 15 years.

    Two beneficiaries of federal protections for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally while they were children have been detained by federal authorities, the advocacy groups said.

    More than four out of every five reported arrests took place early in the morning when immigrants were on their way to work, and federal agents have targeted a handful of central Iowa Mexican restaurants, the advocacy groups said.

    “They’re in survival mode as it is,” Reyes said of the immigrants under threat of possible arrest or deportation. “They’re just trying to put food on the table and get their kids educated, but now the deportations are disrupting their families. (Federal agents) are splitting families up.”

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    WOW! That's great!! Keep up the great work President Trump!!!

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    Time for these families to sell out, pack up and go back to their countries.

    They have land, they have resources. They have beautiful land, miles and miles of it.

    Put them to work building new roads, neighborhoods, businesses and schools.
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