No Unusual Rise in ICE Raids Across the Country, Mexican Official Says

Mexican government officials say that Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity has so far been standard as far as they know, despite a threat from President Donald Trump that massive sweeps would target “millions” of unauthorized immigrants. There hasn’t been a massive uptick in ICE raids, like the one earlier this year in Allen that resulted in more than 200 arrests, said Julian Escutia, a top Mexican diplomat in charge of protections for Mexicans abroad under Mexico’s foreign affairs office. Escutia, who visited Mexicans in ICE detention over the past few days and visited Houston, one of the cities set to be targeted by ICE over the weekend, said any arrests of unauthorized Mexicans living in the U.S. appear to be results of targeted enforcement.“We should never take threats of raids lightly. I feel like the consulates are ready to handle any needs that may arise as a result of more arrests from raids,” Escutia said. “We are ready because we aren’t alone. What we do is form coalitions and partnerships with community groups.”   Continue reading...

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