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    Whether criminal or non-criminal, 'everyone's a target' of ICE arrests these days

    BY RICK MONTGOMERY

    Here's a poster child of why "non-criminal" undocumented immigrants need to be arrested and deported, authorities say: Eswin Mejia of Honduras, who unlawfully entered America at age 17.

    In 2016, Mejia was arrested for drunken driving after his truck struck a vehicle, killing a young Iowa woman. Before his case was adjudicated, Mejia vanished while out on bond.

    He remains at large today and is on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's "most-wanted" list.

    Yet as ICE points out, with no convictions, Mejia is currently a "non-criminal" — a classification that's been swelling on the agency's arrest docket since President Donald Trump took office.

    But it's not swelling because of fugitives such as Mejia.

    "Non-criminal" arrests are happening more often, according to immigration experts, because of an acknowledged shift in ICE policy that lets the agency detain and deport more longtime, taxpaying community members, often without warning and often when they check in at ICE offices.

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    • Syed A. Jamal of Lawrence, for three decades a science student, researcher and educator with only a speeding ticket to his name, arrested in his front yard in January. The Bangladeshi father of three whose siblings are U.S. citizens is fighting for a stay of deportation.
    • Amer Othman Adi, an Ohio businessman for nearly 40 years whose American ex-wife claimed their marriage was a ruse. Though he had been remarried to a wife of 30 years, he was charged with "marriage fraud" and ICE arrested him when he reported for a meeting with them on Jan. 16. He's been deported to Jordan.
    • Letica Stegall, popular manager of the The Blue Line hockey bar in Kansas City. Born in Mexico, the married mother of one admittedly entered the country illegally 20 years ago and came under ICE's radar after a 2011 DWI arrest. She was arrested in March while driving to the gym and deported to Mexico four days later.
    • Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos from Arizona, a married mother of two whom authorities knew was undocumented. She was arrested in February 2017, checking into ICE offices as she had done since 2008, after being caught using fake a Social Security number. She was deported to Mexico within 24 hours.
    • Crecensio Mendez Ramirez, a Kansas City, Kan., construction worker and father of four. ICE nabbed him Feb. 7 at his regular check-in to pick up a work permit that had just been updated. He's been employed in the U.S. for 12 years.


    If it feels as if in the Trump era deportations of the non-criminal variety are making headlines on a weekly basis, it's true.

    While former President Barack Obama's administrators told immigration officers to save on resources when dealing with undocumented persons contributing to society and lacking criminal histories, Trump's directive is different.

    Today, "everyone's a target" if they're without proper papers, said Kansas City immigration lawyer James Austin.

    The government confirms: "ICE no longer exempts classes of removable aliens from potential enforcement," according to the agency's report on 2017 arrests and deportations.

    Analysts at the nonprofit Center for Immigration Studies, which has long called for more uniform enforcement, support the policy shift.

    The group's director of policy studies, Jessica Vaughan, says most immigrants being deported have done something wrong to grab ICE's notice, even if the agency records them as non-criminal.

    Cases such as Jamal's, who garnered massive support for his academic credentials and high community respect, "are not typical of ICE's caseload," Vaughan said. "I have yet to see a case of someone arrested who was, quote, perfectly harmless."


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    They are a "criminal" when they step foot on our soil without LEGALLY applying to come here!

    Then they go on to commit MORE criminal offenses!

    Now get them off our soil...age does not matter!

    ENFORCE OUR LAWS AND DEPORT WITHIN 24 HOURS

    THE ENTIRE WORLD CANNOT GET "ASYLUM" ON OUR SOIL!!!
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    NO DACA - NO AMNESTY - NO PATH TO STAY - LET WORK PERMITS EXPIRE

    HAND UAC'S OVER INTO THE CARE AND CUSTODY OF THEIR EMBASSY!

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    Being an illegal alien in the United States is a crime under US immigration law and that alone makes you a criminal subject to rapid deportation.
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    illegal aliens protected by Obama & Trump's illegal unconstitutional program called DACA are not a target of ICE!
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    Article dated: April 13, 2018. Listing the date so folks won't have to click link to check.

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" ** Edmund Burke**

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    What is a crime? Isn't it breaking a law? Why are immigration laws different from any other laws? The people who are here illegally DID NOT FOLLOW THE IMMIGRATION LAWS. Therefore they are criminals. Their very presence here is illegal. They are stealing from legal citizens on a daily basis. They are taking advantage of citizens by availing themselves of our schools, healthcare, etc., not to mention our identities. ONCE AND FOR ALL THEY ARE NOT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS OR ANY OTHER PC NAME THEY ARE CALLED. THEY ARE ILLEGAL ALIENS AND SHOULD BE DEPORTED ASAP. END OF STORY!!!
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