Although the Obama administration promised to focus immigration deportation efforts on criminals, recent deportation raids of undocumented immigrants were targeted mostly at immigrants with no criminal history, separating children from their families and leaving communities in a state of shock.
In counties across Michigan last month, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made 77 arrests over 4 days. The majority of those arrested had no criminal background, and all but two were Latino. Click here for an article about the arrests.
Another recent raid in Ellensburg, Washington, targeted community members including a longtime church pastor, parents of young children, and a woman 7 months pregnant. Charges against the 30 people held in the raid were limited to immigration violations. An article on the Ellensburg raid can be found here.
Click here for an Interfaith Immigration Coalition letter sent to the Obama administration regarding noncriminal deportations and the effect they have on families and communities.