Saturday, March 12, 2016

ICE Targets Women and Children in Raids

ICE is increasingly targeting young people: This high school student was detained on her way to school

By Katie Levingston, Salon
March 7, 2016

In her homeland of Honduras, Kimberly Pineda Chavez and her family got late night calls threatening to rape her and her siblings if her family did not pay the police the money they wanted. They looked to America for refuge — in 2014 they entered the country.

In January, Kimberly was stopped by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on her way to school in Atlanta. She was arrested, detained and is currently awaiting possible deportation, according to the Georgian Latino Alliance for Human Rights, who has created a petition for her release.[...]

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4 Shady Ways That Immigration Agents Are Arresting Moms and Kids

BY Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress
February 18, 2016

Since early January, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has been conducting a series of deportation raids to apprehend immigrant women and children and send them back to Central America. The raids have left Latinos across the country afraid to leave their homes, sometimes forgoing doctor’s appointments and skipping classes at school.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said this month that ICE agents will continue those immigration operations. But he also reiterated an ICE policy to avoid arresting immigrants in sensitive locations, like churches, hospitals, and schools.

However, there’s some evidence that ICE agents may be trying to work around these policies.[...]

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