"Panic" Spreads Among Hispanics After Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants Arrested

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As reported earlier, one of the immediate consequences of the Trump immigration executive order - and one which has so far gone largely unchallenged - has been a crackdown against illegal immigrants residing in the US. This promptly led Mexico’s Foreign Ministry to say on Thursday it has intensified efforts to protect Mexican migrants, “foreseeing the hardening of measures by immigration authorities in the U.S., as well as possible constitutional violations during raids or in due process.”

We also noted that according to the WSJ, influential Mexicans are pushing "an aggressive and perhaps risky strategy to fight a likely increase in deportations of their undocumented compatriots in the U.S.: jam U.S. immigration courts in hopes of causing the already overburdened system to break down." The proposal calls for ad campaigns advising migrants in the U.S. to take their cases to court and fight deportation if detained. “The backlog in the immigration system is tremendous,” said former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda. The idea is to double or triple the backlog, “until [U.S. President Donald] Trump desists in this stupid idea,” he added.

For now, however, these efforts to, well, trump Trump's anti-illegal alien directive have failed to generate traction, and according to Reuters, federal immigration agents arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least four states this week in what officials on Friday called routine "enforcement actions." The enforcement actions took place in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and surrounding areas, said David Marin, director of enforcement and removal for the Los Angeles field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

U.S. ICE officers conduct a targeted enforcement operation in Atlanta on

February 9, 2017.

Marin called the five-day operation an "enforcement surge."

While the agency did not release a total number of detainees, the Atlanta office alone, which covers three states, arrested 200 people, Bryan Cox, a spokesman for the office, said. An additional 161 arrests were made the Los Angeles area in a region that included seven highly populated counties, Marin also said that of the people arrested in Southern California, only 10 did not have criminal records, and of those, five had prior deportation orders.

U.S. ICE officers detain a suspect as they conduct a targeted enforcement

operation in LA on February 7, 2017

"The rash of these recent reports about ICE checkpoints and random sweeps, that’s all false and that’s dangerous and irresponsible," Marin said. "Reports like that create a panic.”  He described the arrests as largely routine.

Perhaps, yet we have to recall one time in the past 8 years in which a story about mass illegal immigrant arrests made the landing page of Reuters or the WSJ.

Others agree. Michael Kagan, a professor of immigration law at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, said immigration advocates are concerned that the arrests could signal the beginning of more aggressive enforcement and increased deportations under Trump. "It sounds as if the majority are people who would have been priorities under Obama as well," Kagan said in a telephone interview.

"But the others may indicate the first edge of a new wave of arrests and deportations."

Which likely explains why there is suddenly a palpable sense a panic among Hispanic communities, as The Hill reports.

One of the first cases to receive national attention, the deportation of Arizona resident Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, has put undocumented and mixed status communities on edge. "It's fair to say we’re all extremely troubled by the deportation action we saw take place yesterday in Arizona," said Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza. "The first deportation [after] his executive order is of a working mom with two U.S. kids," she added.

U.S. ICE officers conduct a targeted enforcement operation in Atlanta, on
February 9, 2017.

And yet, what Trump is doing is precisely what he had promised to do. On the campaign trail, Trump initially promised to enact a deportation force to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants, starting with dangerous criminals. “They’re going to be out of here so fast, your head will spin,” Trump told Fox News in August. “As far as the rest, we’re going to go through the process, like they are now — perhaps with a lot more energy.”  As president-elect, Trump said his government would seek out "three or four million" dangerous criminals immigrants for deportation. 

Many Hispanic advocates feel that the Garcia de Rayos case shows the Trump administration will aggressively pursue all undocumented immigrants.  "This reaffirms that when the Trump administration said they would go after criminals, they really meant everybody," Murguia said.

The perception that Trump is shifting back to his early campaign proposals has shaken many Hispanics, including many who are legally in the country, the Hill noted.

"The uncertainty and the confusion is prevalent with undocumented, legal residents and also citizens," said Telemundo anchorman José Diaz-Balart. "There are millions of mixed status families in the United States of America."  And community organizers admit they have few tools to quell the trepidation.

NCLR is one of many organizations that has set up a legal defense structure and started programs to inform immigrants of their rights, but under current law, an undocumented immigrant who comes in contact with federal enforcement officers has relatively few options. "We want people to stay calm and we want to give them assurances but we can’t give them assurances," Murguía said.


Diaz-Balart, the anchor for Noticieros Telemundo, the network's nightly news program, is hosting a town hall event Sunday for his viewers to better understand the administration's immigration actions. "[Immigrants are] now asking, 'how is this going to have an impact on me?'" said Diaz-Balart. 


"It’s a town hall that is going to be dealing with the questions that we hear over and over and over again from the people that we serve," he said. "It’s not about telling people what they want to hear, it’s about making sure the people are informed about things."

In the first days of the Trump administration, immigration has emerged as the most important target for the president, seemingly of greater importance than repealing Obamacare or cutting taxes. Through his executive orders, Trump has gone after so-called "sanctuary cities" that restrict the degree to which their law enforcement agents collaborate with federal immigration enforcement. He has also redefined who could be labeled a "criminal alien." That redefinition greatly expanded the number of undocumented immigrants liable to be targeted for removal, beyond the "three or four million" that Trump had mentioned.

José Magaña-Salgado, an attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, cited a study that said as many as 8 million people could now be targeted for deportation.  Under Trump's order, the definition of criminality was expanded to include misdemeanors like illicitly crossing the border.  It also expanded the definitions for immigrants to be considered priorities for deportation. Foreigners who have "committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense" are priorities, even before conviction. It also includes those who have committed "fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a governmental agency," a category that includes using fake Social Security numbers to work.

To be sure, lacking a legal challenge  for the time being, Hispanics are refuting the logic of Trump's order.

While Trump campaigned on the prospect of removing dangerous criminals, Magaña-Salgado said the very structure of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would provide an incentive for indiscriminate enforcement. "The general philosophy of ICE agents and CBP agents, they view their job as expelling as many people from the country as possible," said Magaña-Salgado. "It benefits them to have high deportation numbers because they can justify their budget, they can justify their mission," he added.  And cases like Garcia de Rayos provide an easy target for federal agents.


Garcia de Rayos was apprehended during a yearly inspection at her local ICE headquarters, in which she voluntarily presented herself keeping with orders given to her when she was originally apprehended. As a low-risk offender — Garcia de Rayos was convicted of using a fake Social Security Number to work — she was not on the Obama administration's deportation priority list despite have been slated for deportation by an immigration judge.

She was, however, very much likely an eligible Democrat voter, which while undiscussed is the bedrock behind Trump's aggressive pursuit of undocumented illegal immigrants in the US.

Beyond the detention of Garcia de Rayos, ICE conducted large raids this week on homes and workplaces that further alarmed Hispanic communities. Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, said agents denied access to immigration lawyers after one such raid in Los Angeles that rounded up about 100 people. "Immigration attorneys flocked to the scene," Tumlin said. "They were shut out." "[It's] absolutely unacceptable and potentially unlawful," she added.

Similar cases to Garcia de Rayos could also attract the attention of federal enforcement officers because of the shortage of immigration judges to prosecute cases. People who have already been slated for deportation by a judge can be removed without further due process. The lack of immigration judges is "certainly going to be a constraint," said Magaña-Salgado. 

But agents can use expedited removal procedures, curbed under the Obama administration but not taken off the books, to get detainees to accept a quick deportation over a lengthy wait for an immigration judge, in many cases while incarcerated.

"They’re going to use that tool to take people out of the court system and due process," Magaña-Salgado said. It will also hinder the previously discussed attempt by influential Mexicans to "jam US courts" by increasing the number of deportation cases. Ultimately, that strategy may dramatically backfire if the law were to be further streamlined.

Meanwhile, Hispanic activists warn that going after easy targets can damage communities in several ways.

People who would otherwise be economically active could go into hiding, trust in law enforcement agencies could be diminished, and dangerous criminals could more easily slip through the cracks as federal agents pursue non-dangerous undocumented immigrants.


"People want to comply with the enforcement agencies," Murguia said. "They’re supposed to report in with these check ins; if they see they’re going to put themselves at risk, it’s a very difficult situation." 


"These are gut wrenching, heart-breaking stories," she added. "In a civilized society, we can’t find a better way to deal with these issues?"

Well, Obama tried, and failed. Which is why "civilized" American society is now where it is, and reflecting the will of the majority.

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USofAzzDownWeGo's picture

And I'm moving to San Diego in two weeks. I am sure I will be more than entertained!!!! Can't wait. 

Whoa Dammit's picture

The ones I saw this afternoon looked pretty damn fat & happy to me.  If any of them are actually panicked, then they brought it upon themselves for being here illegally to begin with.

NoDebt's picture

I often wonder why LEGAL immigrants aren't the first ones to pitch a fit about illegal immigration.  Hell, I get pissed off if somebody tries to cut in line in front of me at the movies.  These people spend YEARS coming in the legal way and somebody wades across the Rio Grande and gets it all handed to them on a silver platter?  Oh, hell no.



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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) NoDebt Feb 11, 2017 8:20 PM

"Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants Arrested"

Still one step short.  Put them into the catapult and launch them back.

CheapBastard's picture

Illegal Mexican sentenced for brutal rape and murder of 23 year old Chinese girl

A 23-year-old woman from China was raped and fatally beaten on a street in Flushing.

29-year-old Carlos Cruz destroyed those hopes the day he beat Yu Yao with a pipe, dragged her into a Flushing alleyway where he brutally raped the 23-year-old woman then left her for dead.

In May, the 23-year-old woman was on her way home from grocery shopping around 9:30 at night when Cruz savagely attacked her on 41st Road in Flushing.

He was caught casually walking away from the crime covered in blood and carrying the murder weapon.

The illegal Mexican immigrant pled guilty in February.



The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Richard Chesler Feb 11, 2017 9:35 PM

Sic 'em, ICE. 

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Use a conservative figure of 10 million that need deported...

10000000 ÷ (365×4) = 6850

About 6500 to 7000 need to be saying adios each and every day for the next 4 years... better ramp it up.

AVmaster's picture

The leftards are the victim of their own crybaby-ness...


By screaming long and hard that "HE'S ARRESTING PEOPLE! HE'S HITLER!", they have essentially sent the message to immigrants NOT to come here... Using their own propaganda machine... 


Stupid dipshits...

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) AVmaster Feb 11, 2017 11:10 PM

WTF, did you want more immigrants? 

I say good for the dems for scaring them away. They are doing Trump's work for him without even knowing it. They all are usefull idiots, but this way they become usefull idiots for the right, involuntarily.


DO IT FAST DONALD. BLITZ-DEPORT them so they can't start chimping out.

Just look at France what cesspool has become from too much "multiculturalization"

Chimping out in France: Cars set Alight in Paris Suburb During Anti-Police Protest


petar's picture

People are so dump. Obama kicked out more than 500,000 illigals in 2016, but didn't make it public. Trump is going to kick out Much Less, but gonna make it public and people are going to praise him for that.

nmewn's picture

Its amazing what ICE's numbers look like when Border Patrol transfers just caught illegal border crossers to them right before sending them back isn't it?! Of course doing it that way kinda takes ICE's eye off the ball in rounding up the "successful illegal border crossers"...doesn't it?

Liars with numbers.


Wut...my junker thinks its ICE's primary job to man the cafeteria line feeding illegals from the holding cells before trundeling them off into a southbound bus? ;-)

Dormouse's picture

I want to remind every illegal alien to "fight back" just like Austin city council member Gregorio Casar suggests. After 8 years under President Zero with their hands tied, ICE and USBP are itching for some action. The new, patriotic President won't bat an eye if these guys beat the shít out illegals who assault them. Make sure to mention Casar's name if you still have teeth and lips to form your foreign words.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

My bitch here is not with the post, but with the use of quotation marks.

~""Panic" Spreads Among Hispanics After Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants Arrested"~

Crorected it would read:

~"Panic Spreads Among Hispanics After Hundreds Of Illegal "Immigrants" Arrested"~


Panic? Oh no, compadres! "Panic" is when you are fleeing your asses back across the border as fast as your soggy shoes can carry you. That's when it's a "panic".


Red Raspberry's picture

not quite 500.000.....  I found ~240,000.



Removals Overview
  • ICE conducted 240,255 removals.
  • ICE conducted 65,332 removals of individuals apprehended by ICE officers (i.e., interior removals) (Figure 5).
    • 60,318 (92 percent) of all interior removals were previously convicted of a crime.
  • ICE conducted 174,923 removals of individuals apprehended at or near the border or ports of entry.[3]
  • 58 percent of all ICE removals, or 138,669, were previously convicted of a crime.
    • ICE conducted 60,318 interior criminal removals.
    • ICE removed 78,351 criminals apprehended at or near the border or ports of entry.
  • 99.3 percent of all ICE FY 2016 removals, or 238,466, met one or more of ICE’s stated civil immigration enforcement priorities.[4]
  • Of the 101,586 aliens removed who had no criminal conviction, 95 percent, or 96,572, were apprehended at or near the border or ports of entry.[5]
  • The leading countries of origin for removals were Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
  • 2,057 aliens removed by ICE were classified as suspected or confirmed gang members.




Gold...Bitches's picture
"Panic" Spreads Among Hispanics After Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants Arrested

WTF Zerohedge? ILLEGAL ALIENS.  Jesus lets get this right.  They are here illegally.  They are aliens as they are not citizens.  They are illegal aliens.  NOT IMMIGRANTS.

keep the bastards honest's picture

Obama set them up as a target. Got up and told them to vote (democrat) and spelled how an illegal goes about voting. Sick bastard. Then the crazy well fed lazy and the paid off dems screaming about the numbers... it all sets up the illegals and weakest to suffer.

 I am sorry for the undocumented mexicans working in low paying jobs sending money back to support their families.

A far far far cry from the H1B taking skilled jobs from locals. A far far far cry from those being so far protected by the goog scum and that lot. Lets hope they are shitting themselves whilst marinating in self righteous entitled hate. 

As an aside: I stopped looking at TED talks because they promoted uglies..eg .dishonest screeching woman who preyed on open source worldwide developers so as to patent their ideas for herself and was lauded with a lying promotion on TED talk. TED stopped non mainstream  ideas too. As a scientist thats No good. I grew up shuddering with the har har har laughing hard eyed dribbling fkwits laughing at Lamark. Now look at epigenetics research.


Déjà view's picture

Fake S.S. #...Businesses are supposed to verify S.S.#...otherwise they are fined according to 1986 AMNESTY LAW!

1. Sanction states which issue DL to illegals

2. Strike 14 Amendment-retroactive 100 years

3. Sanction school districts that register mamacita/papacito numerous kids

These 3 very important issues will go a very long way towards a cost effective self deportation.

Hopefully Cali & Tejas loose a combined 8-10 house reps base on illegal population come 20/20 election...


Jubal Early's picture

In a parallel universe, while walking my dog this morning I ran into another Ex-US tax slave.  He had renounced in 2001.  We had an instant kindred spirit.  He, a liberal from Boston, had renounced in 2001 after Bush passed the Patriot act.  I, a secessionist, had renounced in 2007, when the lib-nazi's imposed their obaboon on us by manipulating and flooding the system with lying, cheating wetback beaners.

Déjà view's picture

Think ignorant Chinese know their offspring become "Tax Slaves"...bestowing 'TOURIST' Jus Soli birth upon their NUEVO U.S. citizens...

18, should receive their first 1040 upon factory earnings in China! 

If U.S. citizens were NOT taxed on worldwide income...14th Amendment would be history over 100 years ago!

TwelveOhOne's picture

What process did you use?  I'm currently following http://weissparis.com

Jubal Early's picture

I would suggest reading/following the following blogs:



The tax-compliance industrial complex is symbiotically involved with the IRS in fleecing the tax sheep.  These "tax experts" deserve a special place in hell in the cell next door to the lawyers.

Yog Soggoth's picture

How is it not first priority when an illegal alien is using a stolen SS#? That is at least 2 crimes right there.

Mr. Universe's picture

Add into it that more than a few have multiple ID's and SSN's along with the benefits that go with it. All the while the feds issue Earned income tax credits for their "familia" which wouldn't be so bad except that they include those still in Mexico. Of course the over 4 BILLION paid is just chump change compared to the ability to rig elections with illegal voters.

JamesBond's picture

Hundreds turn into thousands 




brianshell's picture

Aiding abetting and harboring. These are the new top crime categories. Enforce the e-verify rules to stop employers from commiting the above crimes. Start bringing high profile mayors to trial for the above crimes

new game's picture

swarm their town hall meeting, chanting no funding from soros, just mericans wanting the laws enforced. create fear, thousands of redneck mericans fed up with wetties taking jobs. simple shit. wish i lived down there...

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

Why even deport them?

They are not citizens therefor they have no right to trial, just execute them all and throw em in a pit. Maybe make them dig the pit first to save us some tax dollars.

Laowei Gweilo's picture

knock knock

who's there

police ice

police ice who?

ice ice baby

DeepFriedLizards's picture

I've been doing E&C projects for 35 years, same as the Donald.  


Think bell curve.


That's how it works.

jmack's picture

All they have to do is dress up like contractors in work trucks and drive by the local home depot, and they will jump in the truck for you.

brianshell's picture

Finally, an effective op.

SoDamnMad's picture

Bill Clinton in his 1995 State of the Union address to Congress got a standing ovation for saying he wanted to double the number of deportations of illegal aliens that had violated US laws in the past and increase funding for border security..


Nekoti's picture

Take him out back and cap his ass.

max2205's picture

The rule of law....welcome back!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Nekoti Feb 11, 2017 8:36 PM

Rule of law coming back.

Now deport those acitivist judges.

Feds should take islands and drop them off.

Farallon Islands are good, great white sharks love that area.




Son of Loki's picture

Incredible news for the parents....just like the UT student who was dragged off the campus street beaten, raped and then strangled to death.

Worse yet is how main stream media portrays these killers in a sympathetic light calling them "victims of society" etc.

Not only do we need the death penalty for these cold-blooded killers, but a speedy trial and one appeal and put them to death within 6 months like they do in many countries.

DeathMerchant's picture

Not only do we need the death penalty for these leftist puke "journalists", but a speedy trial and one appeal and put them to death within 6 months like they do in many countries.


Slight correction..hope you don't mind...

Dakota Kid's picture

1) Close all Mexican embasies NOW and send ALL diplomats back to Mexico.

2)Give illegals 60 days to self deport, if they don't, give mandatory 1 year hard labor.

3)Cut ALL payments to illegals now.

4)Cut all funds to sanctuary cities now.

5) Put military on US-Mexico border with orders to shoot on sight anyone crossing border illegally.   

6) Change Constitution so if mother here illegally, newborn is not US citizen.


Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) Dakota Kid Feb 11, 2017 9:47 PM

7) Loss of business license and jail time for any employer who hires an illegal migrant

wangshui's picture

oh that would fuck up the politicians here in chicago

Handful of Dust's picture
Illegal Alien Charged with Beating Chinese Student to Death in Los Angeles


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed that one of the men charged with murdering a 24-year-old USC graduate student had entered the country illegally seven years ago.


The three others who were charged in connection with Ji’s death were identified as Andrew Garcia, 18; Alberto Ochoa, 17; and Alejandra Guerrero, 16.




Moar Obama's legacy.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

One year hard labor building the fucking wall...

JLee2027's picture

Perfect. Then they can be catupulated over the damn thing when done.

California Nightmares's picture

Geez. Someone finally got it right! Congrats. (And thanks.)

Scuba Steve's picture

Oh East Coast this time?

Cargo Plane hatch open for the illegals over the Atlantic instead of the Pacific.

Problem solved.

myne's picture

That's the sort of person who needs to be deported by a helicopter that doesn't land to drop them off.