Illegal is illegal no matter how minor the infraction.
Via Times Union:
When it comes to being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, there is no difference between a violent felon and an undocumented worker with a traffic ticket.
If you are in the United States without the proper papers, you are subject to deportation, Tom Feeley, the upstate New York field office director of ICE, said Wednesday.
“We were ordered not to fully enforce the law under the previous administration,” said Feeley, who is based in Buffalo, said. “Under President Trump, we are enforcing the law the way Congress wrote it. If it’s a heinous crime, like a Columbian drug lord who was a cartel member who we just deported or a rapist, a murderer, a pedophile or somebody who is here illegally, we are going to enforce the law. We make no apology for that.”
This year in Saratoga Springs, ICE arrested 36 Mexican and Guatemalan men, many of whom worked in local restaurants. Mayor Joanne Yepsen, City Court Judge Jeffrey Wait, other leaders and concerned citizens said immigrants accused of minor infractions should be treated differently from those facing felony charges. The arrests, which began in the spring and went through the fall, rattled the hospitality industry. Farther afield, dairy farmers were shaken too.
“ICE doesn’t target employers,” Feeley said, “But, illegal immigrants work where they can blend in.”
Feeley’s field office made 1,736 arrests in the 2017 fiscal year from October 2016 through September 2017. In the previous year, Buffalo ICE arrested 1,454. In general, monthly arrests of noncriminals were half of criminal arrests – except this past September when criminal and noncriminal arrests in upstate New York were equal at 81.
Some of those arrests took place in courthouses. “It’s a safe environment,” Feeley said. “Everyone has already gone through security.”