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In Cincinnati, a “silent raid” at a USCIS Office: A key plank in this mass deportation strategy is targeting immigrants who are easiest to find. These “silent raids” sweep up those who have been doing exactly what the government is asking of them, bringing family heartache in the process. In Cincinnati, Ohio, Julian and Alexis Motino recently celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary and had begun the process of obtaining legal permanent residency for Julian. The couple was meeting with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which approved their marriage petition, but immediately after ICE agents detained Julian in the hallway. Julian pays taxes and supports his two U.S. citizen children, has no criminal record, and was trying to fix his status. Now, he awaits deportation.
As the Motinos’ lawyer, Matthew Benson, said: “This is a very troubling case and illustrates how, despite Trump’s promise to target the bad ones and criminals first, virtually everyone here without status is now a target for ICE. ICE clearly should have much more important priorities than this man, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
In Southern California, a U.S. citizen is suing the government after being detained by immigration authorities in March. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, ICE issued a detainer on U.S. citizen Guadalupe Plascencia and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department facilitated her being taken into federal custody. Despite repeatedly telling them that she is a U.S. citizen, she was held in detention by ICE and told by agents: “You’re no one, until your situation is cleared up.” Plascencia was finally released when her daughter was able to bring her passport and convince ICE they were wrong. Now, Plascencia and the ACLU are taking initial steps to sue both ICE and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for the violation of her rights.