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    San Diego has the most noncriminal immigration arrests in the country

    San Diego has the most noncriminal immigration arrests in the country

    Kate Morrissey Contact Reporter

    More people with no criminal history were arrested by San Diego’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 than anywhere else in the country.

    The San Diego field office for ICE, which covers San Diego and Imperial counties, was the only field office in the country where the majority of arrests — at about 72 percent — were of “noncriminals,” according to data from the agency.

    Between October and December of 2017, ICE officers here arrested 1,622 people without criminal records, and 637 people with criminal records.

    The Atlanta field office, which covers three states — Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina — had the second highest number of noncriminal arrests at 1,592. That was about 41 percent of the arrests for that field office, where 2,343 people with criminal records were arrested by ICE.

    “ICE arrests of non-criminals in the San Diego/Imperial counties reflect trends involving illegal immigration activity at the local borders, apprehensions made during routine fugitive operations and individuals encountered at the local jails,” said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for ICE.

    For other field offices along the border, the highest percentage of noncriminal arrests was 43 percent in Phoenix, where ICE took 733 people with no criminal histories into custody.

    Some attorneys speculated that ICE was pushing to make more arrests before S.B. 54, a California bill limiting local police’s cooperation with federal immigration officials, took effect in January.

    Other field offices in California did not reflect San Diego’s trend. In Los Angeles, ICE officers arrested 357 noncriminals, which was about 16 percent of the field office’s arrests. In San Francisco, officers arrested 373, which was about 22 percent of the field office’s arrests.

    Within days of taking office, President Donald Trump expanded the agency’s enforcement priorities from those with serious criminal convictions to a broader list of people including those who had any criminal conviction, who had been charged but not convicted, who had done anything that could be charged as a crime, or who had already been ordered deported.

    According to a recent Pew Research Center analysis, noncriminal arrests increased 49 percent in San Diego in fiscal 2017. The Atlanta and Philadelphia field offices tied for the largest increase at 323 percent.

    As stories about families whose loved ones were targeted have been repeatedly spotlighted by media across the country and data from President Donald Trump’s first year in office showed an uptick in noncriminal arrests, ICE has insisted that it focuses on criminals but that anyone without authorization to be in the U.S. could end up arrested.

    “While ICE continues to prioritize its enforcement resources to focus on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security, the agency’s acting director has made it clear that ICE will not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens form potential enforcement,” Mack told the San Diego Union-Tribune on multiple occasions. “All of those in violation of our nation’s immigration laws may be subject to arrest, detention and, if found removable, he or she will be removed from the United States.”

    Ginger Jacobs, an immigration attorney in San Diego, said that in her time practicing, she’s noticed that the San Diego field office always works hard to follow orders from headquarters.

    “My perception as an attorney is that our local ICE office is very responsive to policy being set in Washington, D.C.,” Jacobs said.

    Jacobs who’s been practicing since George W. Bush’s administration said that during that time and into the first part of the Obama administration, the main reasons that people would end up arrested by immigration officials were checkpoints and interactions with local law enforcement.

    Collateral arrests happened, she said, but not frequently.

    Beginning in 2011, she said, incremental changes in policy under former President Barack Obama brought about more targeted enforcement.

    Those changes have reversed under Trump, she said, and arrests happen in circumstances that would’ve been rare even under Bush.

    “It turned into a zero tolerance policy,” Jacobs said. “It’s like Bush on steroids.”

    She has clients who have no criminal history and no prior deportation orders who have been targeted at their homes, she said.

    “Going to somebody’s house just because they have immigration violations, I’ve never seen that before,” Jacobs said.

    Edward Orendain, an immigration attorney in Chula Vista, said he’s not surprised by the numbers from ICE’s San Diego field office. He noticed that beginning in September or October, any type of contact with law enforcement could land an unauthorized immigrant in ICE detention even if there were no criminal charges.

    One of his clients called the police because his wife had hit him. The wife told the responding officers that her husband had not hit her, that she’d slapped him. The officers arrested the man but did not charge him with anything. He ended up in ICE custody.

    “We’ve been seeing a lot of that,” Orendain said, noting that after January it had happened less frequently because of S.B. 54.

    Orendain has also seen an uptick in people who were arrested when ICE was looking for someone else in their home or apartment complex, known as “collateral arrests.”

    Tammy Lin, who chairs the San Diego chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said cases have come in because people got pulled over for taillight issues or other minor traffic infractions.

    “They’re picking the easy targets,” Lin said.

    None of the attorneys’ clients were willing to be interviewed for this story because of fear that it might negatively affect their immigration cases.

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    “They’re picking the easy targets,” Lin said.
    Of course, that's what they should be doing, but they are also pursuing the hard dangerous targets as well. The bottom-line is, if you're in this country illegally, your number is up and our country is going to run your ass out of here on the earliest possible date. It's not a matter of "if", it's a matter of when, whether today, or next week, it's a coming and you're going back to where you came from.
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    San Diego is a border town. It has always fascinated me that the border inspection station is in Oceanside, which is north of San Diego and many mile north of the Mexico border. So essentially, illegals have been able to sneak into San Diego and be relatively safe from immigration authorities until they try to go north of San Diego.

    With the step-up of ICE activity, San Diego is a rich hunting ground! The fact that a large portion don't have criminal records is, they have not been in the country long enough.
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    They're all criminals here for a criminal purpose brought here by criminals, sustained here by criminals, everything about them is criminal. They just haven't all been caught. ICE doesn't have time to sort through all that, their job is to find 'em, arrest 'em, deport 'em and get them the hell out of here.
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    Nothing wrong with grabbing the lowest hanging fruit on your climb to the top of the tree.
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