“Happy New Year! Have an ICE raid! By now, everyone has heard that the Obama administration plans to celebrate the new year by rounding up families and removing them to Central America. The administration hopes that the images of Central American families coming off of planes in San Salvador and Tegucigalpa will dissuade thousands of Central Americans from fleeing the violence and persecution that threaten their lives on a daily basis. This dreadful idea puts the final nail in the coffin of the administration’s mantra that it seeks to deport “felons not families” and focuses on removing the worst of the worst. The baldfaced nature of this lie has been apparent for years, but it is unlikely to endure as the administration rounds up, using the vehicle of an old style ICE raid, women and children for return to the violence of their home countries. All that will be left in the empty space created by the departure of the lie will be the fact that the Obama administration has been a nightmare for immigrants while projecting a happy face to credulous partisans.
Reports have ICE raids on recent immigrants beginning as soon as January 2016. The reports have indicated that the administration will be seeking to enforce removal orders entered against immigrants after January 1, 2014.While there have always been removals of anyone with a removal order who is encountered by ICE, there is no indication that ICE will be seeking out those with removal orders entered prior to January 1, 2014. Should such a person come to the attention of ICE, ICE will seek to enforce the order. But, according to the reports, ICE will not be seeking to conduct raids to find such individuals, unless they have criminal convictions or present national security threats. Again, according to media reports, an ICE raid will target those with a final order of removal entered by an immigration judge after January 1, 2014. If a case is on direct appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals from an immigration judge’s order of removal, that order is not yet final and can not be enforced. [Read more…]