Word is spreading that President Trump has unleashed Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and the media in El Salvador is now watching the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, giving tips to local residents who may be thinking of illegally immigrating to the United States.
The El Salvadorian newspaper, the LaPrensa Grafica, published an article Tuesday, Aug. 8, informing residents of specific areas in the U.S. where police are allowed to cooperate with ICE that they might want to avoid.
According to the English translation, the headline of the article reads, “See which states or counties the police can turn in to immigration,” and adds, “If you are in the United States irregularly or have a loved one under these conditions, this information interests you. The law allowing the police to hand undocumented immigrants into ICE custody is spreading across the United States.”
The paper warns would-be illegal aliens not to go to 18 states that are not sanctuaries and where police are allowed to enforce immigration law.
It also lists 18 areas in Texas that are not friendly to illegal aliens.
The paper notes that the immigration law has existed for years in the United States but “was not active until Trump became president.”
The publication reads as follows:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that it signed 18 more agreements with Texas counties that will act under the dreaded 287 (g) regulations.
The law allows local or state officials to work with Immigration authorities to track undocumented immigrants. President Donald Trump signed an executive order with which regulation returned to life, having been almost without functioning under the administration of Barack Obama.
The 287 (g) has existed in the United States for years and was revised in 2009, but was not active until Trump became president.
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Now, ICE officials have the authority to search for immigrants in prisons. Beyond that, an irregular immigrant should not get out of the hands of local officials until he goes into ICE custody.
“The 287 (g) allows local or state officials to request collaboration with ICE for the enforcement of immigration law,” a statement from the agency said.
Last week in Grapevine, Texas, 18 counties signed an agreement that promises to persecute irregular immigrants.
Currently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unit has assets under 60 agreements under 287 (g). “This marks the largest expansion of the program in recent years, only six agreements were added between 2012 and 2016,” ICE said in its statement.
Despite the recent spreading of the program, ICE will not stop and also reported that it plans to “continue” seeking more counties or states that want to join the agreements in the coming year.
Aransas, Calhoun, Chambers, DeWitt, Galveston, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Lubbock, Matagorda, and Montgomery are among the counties that signed with ICE last week.
In addition, Refugio, Smith, Tarrant, Victoria, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties will collaborate with Immigration, according to ICE information. All are located in Texas.
Similarly, in May, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law contrary to the “Sanctuary Cities.” From that day the local police can question a person freely by its migratory status. There are no regulations for an officer to act under these permits.
In this link, you can find the states and counties that are acting under the 287 (g): Delegation of Immigration Authority Section 287 (g).
Please note that this information is available in English.
To view the full list from the Homeland Security website, CLICK HERE.
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