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Immigration Law

Expert: ICE Tactics 'Instill Fear'

Valerie Bauman, Daily Mail UK, July 25, 2018 - "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency more than tripled the number of work site investigations it conducted so far in 2018, according to new federal data. Since October 1, 2017 – the beginning of fiscal year 2018 – ICE has opened investigations into 6,093 workplaces, compared to 1,716 in all of fiscal year 2017. The agency also made 984 administrative arrests as of July 20 of this year, nearly six times the 172 officials made the year prior. Administrative arrests are when someone is accused of being in the country illegally, but they haven't been charged with any other crimes. ... Altogether, the 1,659 arrests made so far in FY2018 amount to five times the 311 arrests of FY2017. Immigrant advocates said they weren't surprised by the numbers, but that the intensified efforts ultimately represented the Trump administration's efforts to target low-hanging fruit. 'I question whether this takes away resources that really go after criminal gangs and other serious criminal aliens,' said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an Ithaca-based attorney and professor of immigration law at Cornell University. 'The administration is trying to instill fear among undocumented immigrants,' he added."