A total of 138 undocumented immigrants with criminal charges or deportation orders were arrested. How much longer will the ICE raids continue in 2022?
Nationwide immigration raids were carried out by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), resulting in the arrest of 138 undocumented individuals who were immediately placed in deportation proceedings.
This series of ICE raids in 2022 took place across several states of the United States, starting on October 22nd and concluding on November 4th. According to the federal agency, a thorough analysis was conducted for each case, and those migrants who not only lacked legal status but also had records of serious criminal offenses were apprehended.
In other words, the immigration raids were conducted with a certain level of scrutiny and care, unlike many other detentions that are often carried out without extensive analysis and investigation by the agency regarding each situation. Unfortunately, a significant portion of ICE’s history consists of unwarranted arrests and immediate deportations, which daily provoke outrage within the community and lead to protests by immigrant rights activists.
But does this mean that things are truly changing? What happened during the immigration raids? Do all those detained by ICE have criminal charges on their records? Were the detentions fair? The Jaskot Law office will provide you with all the details.
Who were detained by ICE?
During the immigration raids that took place in the last month, those who were detained by ICE were specifically individuals who lacked authorization papers to be in the country and had serious criminal records. The 138 arrested individuals, 12 of them in New York, were immediately placed in deportation proceedings and will be presented before the respective federal prosecutors’ offices.
According to the agency, all arrests were thoroughly studied, investigated, and analyzed before being carried out by the patrol. Additionally, ICE announced to the press that all individuals will be legally processed, ensuring proper adherence to the law and guaranteeing the fulfillment of their rights (and obligations). These proceedings will be overseen by federal immigration judges, administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), who have the duty to assess each individual case and its specific circumstances.
The situations of each of these individuals will depend on several factors. The vast majority will not be able to appeal the deportation, especially if they already had a previous removal order.
Is ICE changing?
The agency, known for its violence towards detainees and the injustice of its treatments, has been carrying out arrests “within the bounds of the law” on undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes, specifically sexual offenses, since 2021.
The document that contains the deportation priorities places individuals who pose a danger to public safety and the community at the top of the list.
These priorities were established last year by current President Joe Biden, and represented a victory for the immigrant community, since it means that those who have not committed any criminal act other than not having immigration status will not be deported in the first instance. Non-citizens who do pose a danger to national public safety are expelled to 160 other countries around the world.
However, there is still much work to be done. There is no complete confidence that ICE’s actions during immigration raids are in line with what is fair, and there is still a long way to go regarding the humanitarian treatment of detainees by ICE in particular, and migrants in judicial processes in general.
From Jaskot Law, we can help you navigate your deportation processes or adjust your immigration status. Just call us at +1 (410) 235-6868, and we will assist you immediately.