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February 15, 2017

Hofstra will open clinic to aid immigrants’ deportation defense
By Victor Manuel Ramos

On Monday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, part of the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed that more than 680 immigrants said to be “convicted criminal aliens and other enforcement priorities” were arrested last week in fugitive enforcement operations in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and San Antonio. The New York Field Office for ICE confirmed that 41 of those were from “the five boroughs of New York City and the surrounding areas,” but denied reports of checkpoints or sweeps. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said those enforcement operations across the country were “consistent with the routine, targeted arrests” by the agency. A new analysis by TRAC Immigration, a data clearinghouse at Syracuse University, found the number of ICE arrests in targeted operations averaged 250 per week last year, a much lower figure than reported for last week. Susan Long, TRAC’s co-director and professor of managerial statistics at Syracuse, said “that certainly appears to be an increase” in such immigration arrests, though it’s too early to tell if that pace will be sustained.

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