Speaking again with Loop News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE) operative Joseph Cohen said that it would be wrong for Jamaicans living in the United States to assume that the government is only concerned about removing illegal Muslim immigrants.
“Both federal and local officers have been instructed to find and deport illegal immigrants living in the United States regardless of what country they come from. The President has made it clear that he intends to carry out his campaign promise to reduce the number of illegal immigrants living in the country particularly those with a criminal record. He wants to impose greater law and order and extract those who are committing crimes who shouldn’t be here in the first place.”
Loop News understands that according to a Pew Research Center study there are 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Cohen pointed out that under the Obama administration, 2.5 million undocumented immigrants were deported, more than any other President.
“It would not be right to say that the government is targeting Jamaicans, rather it is targeting all undocumented immigrants. However it would be wrong for undocumented Jamaicans living in the United States to believe that only people from Muslim countries are being targeted. Many Jamaicans will come under extreme vetting just like anybody else who remains in the country illegally, “ said Cohen.
The ICE operative went on to say that to his knowledge reports that West Indians and in particular Jamaicans were harassed and asked for their immigration documents in restaurants in White Plains, New York last weekend are untrue and can be deemed as a case of fake news”.
Officers now have wide ranging authority to identify and deport not only undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes, but also those who are not charged but are believed to have committed “acts that can be regarded as a chargeable criminal offence.”
Former Head of ICE, Sarah Saldana supported this point, saying the orders will hit more people harder.
“All the focus in the early days has been on the refugee vetting but this immigration executive order is huge.”
President Trump has been unrelenting and last Sunday tweeted, “ The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers and others are being removed.”
Many Americans support the President’s stance and according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll conducted from January 27 through February 2, 51% of people approve of President Trump’s position on immigration.
According to another poll, the immigration ban is one of President Trump’s most popular orders so far.
Commenting on the crackdown, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mark Kirkorian said, “The main thing is to send the message that the immigration laws are actually being enforced again.”
Cohen noted that in the case of Jamaicans many had come into the country and remained undocumented for years and that there were women who sought citizenship through sham marriages. He advised that they should consult immigration lawyers to correct their status to avoid being deported.
Last weekend Operation Cross Check saw officers conduct a number of raids across several states in an effort to deport undocumented immigrants. A new Executive Order is expected to come into play next week which will go further than the one issued at the end of January . The new order is expected to empower Operation Cross Check to conduct even more deportations.
President Trump has declared that almost any immigrant living illegally in America would be targeted.
“When a country is no longer able to say who can and who cannot come in and out, especially for reasons of safety and security – big trouble,” tweeted President Trump.