Last week, officials from ICE — Immigration and Customs Enforcement — arrested hundreds of illegal immigrants in states across the southern U.S and New York. They detained immigrants from a dozen Latin American countries, the majority of whom were criminals responsible for crimes such as domestic violence and even murder.
Now fear is sweeping among other undocumented people, even those who have no criminal records. Parents are keeping their children home from school. They avoid favorite coffee shops and restaurants, and have even gone dark on Facebook. Terror grew even greater after this Arizona mother was deported to Mexico on Thursday:
A television station in Austin, Texas, broadcast advice for undocumented parents on what to do about their school-aged American-born children should their worst fears happen.
The blame for their woes is, of course, falling on President Trump. “This is clearly the first wave of attacks under the Trump administration, and we know this isn’t going to be the only one,” said the director of an organization for immigrant youths. A video began circulating on social media purportedly showing ICE agents making mass arrests in an Austin shopping mall parking lot. Unconfirmed reports of raids at Austin taco stands were being spread. An Atlanta immigration lawyer said she had heard rumors of ICE agents going door-to-door in Hispanic neighborhoods.