2018 ICE Raids: A Year in Review

2018 ICE Raids: A Year in Review

The year 2018 is quickly coming to a close and people are gathering together their “year in review” lists for all kinds of topics. This being the case, we decided to look at a subject that has tested the resolve of immigration attorneys such as myself and stretched the very limits of our constitution – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its raids. Here are few of the more prominent raids ICE has conducted during the soon to be old year.

  • June 19, 2018 – ICE arrests 146 in Salem, Ohio: ICE can descend on a neighborhood like locusts and change the entire character of the local community when it does. In this case, ICE’s actions – which many are calling the largest raid of its type – caused local businesses to suffer. It caused churches and advocates to scramble in order to help immigrants who were affected by the militarized action. It has also lessened the strength of the local workforce by removing many who contributed to the community through their labors.
  • July 25, 2018 – ICE arrests 65 in New York City and Long Island: Sixty-five people were arrested over five days as a result of this raid for violating immigration laws. Arrestees included nationals from Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, and Ukraine
  • August 9, 2018 – ICE Apprehends 133 Foreign National Workers in Nebraska and Minnesota: This raid is one of the largest to have occurred last year and affected dozens of businesses and managers.
  • September 26, 2018 – ICE Arrests 98 Foreign Nationals in North Texas and Oklahoma Areas: This operation occurred over a 10 day period. Twenty-nine of those arrested illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported. This is felony.ice
  • December 7, 2018 – ICE Arrests 105 in New Jersey Enforcement Action: The individuals arrested in this raid were from the following countries: Brazil (6), Canada (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Cuba (2), Dominican Republic (10), Ecuador (4), Egypt (1), El Salvador (8), Guatemala (13), Honduras (7), Jamaica (4), Korea (2), Mexico (28), Peru (4), Philippines (1), Poland (1), Russia (1), Serbia (1), Slovakia (2), Spain (1), Taiwan (1), Trinidad (1), and Venezuela (4)

This is just a small sample of the actions taken by ICE against immigrants this year. It is important to remember that although things seem dire for immigrants due to the current administration’s views on immigration, all is not lost. Even if you are detained by ICE, you still have rights. As an immigration attorney in Van Nuys, I represent people who find themselves confronted by this powerful machine. So if your immigration rights in Los Angeles are violated, you will be able to find help here or wherever you live.

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