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ICE's Planned Mass Roundup Delayed Due to Hurricanes

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement, like every government agency, is ruled by numbers. The supervisors have a certain number of immigrant arrests that they want to deport each fiscal year.The annual fiscal year for the federal government ends on September 30th every year. This means that if ICE is going to meet its detainee quota for the year, it is going to have to detain greater numbers of people in the next few weeks.Enter Operation MEGA.According to NBC News, ICE had the largest immigration raid ever planned for the end of September 2017. The target directed ICE officers to arrest 8,400 undocumented immigrants by the end of the month.This leaked news comes on the heels of recent ICE statements that every undocumented immigrant should be worried about deportation and that ICE would arrest not only the undocumented immigrants that they were actually targeting, but also any immigrants who lacked status and happened to be in the area of the arrest.But Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida have caused ICE to postpone their planned massive immigration raids. The raids will probably take place later this year."While we generally do not comment on future potential law enforcement actions, operational plans are subject to change based on a variety of factors," ICE spokesman Sarah Rodriguez said in a statement. "Due to the current weather situation in Florida and other potentially impacted areas, along with the ongoing recovery in Texas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had already reviewed all upcoming operations and has adjusted accordingly. There is currently no coordinated nationwide operation planned at this time. The priority in the affected areas should remain focused on life-saving and life-sustaining activities."Despite the fact that President Barack Obama deported a record number of undocumented immigrants from the U.S., ICE officials felt that he should have deported even greater numbers. The ICE union made their first ever presidential endorsement last year and supported the harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric of then-candidate Donald Trump. Presumably, the union thought that a Trump presidency would mean greater job security for their members and even higher numbers of deportations.Immigrants ho lack status should remain worried about the ICE promise to boost deportations and to conduct mass raids. We will continue following this story and provide updates on our Hacking Immigration Law, LLC, website.

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