In San Diego, U.S.A., the number of targeted immigration arrests has more than doubled under the new administration. This number of arrests was last seem in San Diego prior to President Obama’s first term in 2014.
Greg Archambeault, San Diego field office director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, explains this. Archambeault indicates that this is a result of President Trump’s executive order in January. The order altered focus from peoples convicted of notable crime(s) (felonies or several misdemeanors), to include individuals charged with any crime at all. Additionally, the new policy aims to arrest those who have had their deportations signed off by a judge.
Clinton Johnston, another representative from the Enforcement and Removal Operations in San Diego shares that while they are focusing on criminals, they are not restricted to them. Anyone who has immigrated illegally or was involved in that process can potentially be arrested.
Our Verdict: It is important to understand what these officials do, and what their restrictions are when arresting. The enforcement groups in San Diego, and all around the country, knock on doors daily in attempt to arrest individuals. They can knock anytime between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. It is most common for these groups to knock on doors of workplaces and homes. It is necessary to note that they cannot enter a private space without permission. Different cities and parts of the country have responded differently to President Trump’s Executive order. We recommend staying up to date on both local and international news.