Officers working in US immigration have been conducting an increased number of immigration raids this year compared to last year, 2017. More than 4 of these operations were aimed at catching and arresting illegal immigrants who had no papers in the country.
Statistics of immigration raids go up in contrast to last year’s
The country’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE) revealed details of the raids on Tuesday, which showed that the officials at Homeland Security Investigations, initiated 6,848 investigations in 2018 which when compared to the 1,691 investigations conducted last year, showed a massive upsurge.
Some of those investigations entailed the dramatic raids of the offices and places of work where these illegal immigrants were suspected to be working. In such raids, up to 779 criminal arrests were made in addition to 1,525 work-place related arrests. This is a sharp congrats to the statistics of 2017 which gave 139 and 172 arrests respectively.
The Executive Director of Homeland Security Investigations, Derek Benner, in a statement, remarked that cutting down on illegal employment will add another layer to the border security of the US and will drastically cut down on the opportunities it creates for crime to thrive in the country. It won’t just affect their employability in the US but destroy the networks of people who are into human smuggling, identity theft, worker exploitation, document fraud, etc.
Benner defended the spike in raids saying that immigration agents are charged with protecting American jobs from being taken up by people who have no permits to work in the country.
Immigration advocates in the country, however, say that these raids are tearing families apart and straining small communities, such as one of the raids conducted in Bean Station, Tennessee, where 104 illegal immigrants working in a slaughterhouse were arrested.
ICE, on the other hand, insists that these operations are crucial as they ensure that the employment laws of the United States are followed correctly.
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