The following is an excerpt from Amanda Sakuma | January 4, 2016 | msnbc.com |
Immigration agents rounded up more than a hundred adults and their children in deportation raids over the weekend, launching a sweeping crackdown against the families that fled extreme conditions in Central America and were caught along the U.S. border.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed in a statement on Monday that a total of 121 people were taken into custody after immigration agents stormed homes across primarily Georgia, Texas and North Carolina in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The coordinated operation focused on families at the center of the humanitarian crisis at the border last summer. Those targeted in the raids had been issued final orders of deportation and had no loose ends on appeals for asylum or humanitarian relief, Johnson said. Families are now being processed and issued travel documents for return flights to their home countries. But those flights back to Central America will not likely be the last.
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