Mass deportation has begun. Members of the ICE fugitive operation teams arrest immigrants in Dallas, TX. CREDIT: Charles Reed/ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been instructed to place any undocumented immigrant they encounter in deportation proceedings regardless of their criminal history, according to an internal agency memo obtained by ProPublica.
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Matthew Albence — the executive associate director for the ICE division in charge of deportation proceedings — wrote to the agency’s current staff of 5,700 deportation officers that “effective immediately, ERO [Enforcement and Removal Operations] officers will take enforcement action against all removable aliens encountered in the course of their duties.”
The memo also includes a priority list of undocumented immigrants for ERO officers to detain and put in removal proceedings.
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