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Deportation Crackdown Rounds Up 121 Immigrant Adults And Children

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MESA, AZ - OCTOBER 15:  Undocumented immigrants wait to be loaded onto an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), charter jet early on October 15, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. The immigrants were to be flown to other states for follow-on ICE deportation flights to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. ICE builds deportation cases against thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of whom, they say, have criminal records. The number of ICE detentions and deportations has dropped in the last two years since some states adopted laws limiting how state law enforcement agencies cooperate with federal immigration authorities.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
MESA, AZ - OCTOBER 15: Undocumented immigrants wait to be loaded onto an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), charter jet early on October 15, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. The immigrants were to be flown to other states for follow-on ICE deportation flights to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. ICE builds deportation cases against thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of whom, they say, have criminal records. The number of ICE detentions and deportations has dropped in the last two years since some states adopted laws limiting how state law enforcement agencies cooperate with federal immigration authorities. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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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