Priorities Change Quickly For U.S. Immigration Agents

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Gone are Obama-era rules that required agents to focus only on serious criminals. In Southern California, officers detained 161 people with a wide range of felony and misdemeanor convictions, and 10 who had no criminal history. “Before, we used to be told, ‘You can’t arrest those people,’ and we’d be disciplined for being insubordinate if we did,” said a 10-year agency veteran. “Now those people are priorities again. And there are a lot of them here . . .

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