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Immigration law news: ICE arrests up last year

People residing here in New Orleans and throughout the country after entering the United States without proper immigration paperwork have much to fear right now. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents search for those without proper documentation and target them for deportation. Under immigration law, ICE can deputize local law enforcement agents to help them in these endeavors.

Recent raids on the West Coast resulted in over 100 people being detained. ICE agents are even targeting the popular convenience store chain 7-Eleven looking for those without the proper documentation. Local law enforcement in the area refused to take part in the raids, but that has not stopped ICE's efforts.

While the Los Angeles mayor stopped short of calling the city a "sanctuary city," he did reiterate the state's intention to protect those who did not enter the country through legal channels. The current presidential administration has made attempts to take action against cities that fail to participate in ICE's efforts, but so far, many courts have kept that from happening. Even without the assistance of local law enforcement, arrests by ICE agents from January through August of last year increased no less than 43 percent.

Numerous lives hang in the balance due to stepped up efforts to deport people who entered the country lacking the correct immigration documents. Whether they actually face deportation could depend on numerous factors. Many New Orleans residents in this predicament may not realize that there may be a way for them to remain in the country legally. The only way to know for sure is to seek out the advice and assistance of an immigration law attorney.

Source: npr.org, "ICE Detains More Than 100 In Los Angeles-Area Immigration Raids", James Doubek, Feb. 15, 2018

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