As part of the new immigration reforms by President of the United States, a total number of over 50, 000 undocumented immigrants have arrested in the past 5 days in over 8 States in the United States. Out of the total number, 1,617 are confirmed to be Haiti nationals who happen to have stayed in the U.S from a span of 1 to 35 years in a series of raids that marked the first large-scale enforcement of President Trump’s Jan. 25 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S illegally.
Officials said the raids targeted known criminals, but they also netted some immigrants without criminal records, an apparent departure from similar enforcement waves during the Obama administration. Last month, Trumps substantially broadened the scope of who the Department of Homeland Security can target to include those with minor offenses or no convictions at all.
Trump has pledged to deport as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records. Immigration officials confirmed that agents this week raided homes and workplaces in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, the Los Angeles area, North Carolina and South Carolina, netting thousands of people. But, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Immigration enforcement and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said they were part of ”routine” immigration enforcement actions.