How the Feds Got 3,168 In Weeklong Roundup of Illegal Immigrants

A national weeklong roundup of immigrants with criminal histories or prior deportation ended last week with the detention of 3,168 people nationwide, reports the Los Angeles Times. The targets were the types of people that immigration agents say are their highest priority for deportation.

The Times describes what the roundup was like, giving the example of agents going after a man who had been convicted of battery in 1986 and 1994, and had been deported, returning illegally. A little past 4 a.m., agents head to his home in a caravan that includes a van and SUVs with tinted windows. They were there without a warrant, and he didn’t emerge. Federal officials prefer enforcement programs such as Secure Communities, which automatically compares fingerprints of incoming arrestees with immigration records. That program has come under fire because it has netted many low-level offenders or those with no criminal convictions.

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