Truth Frequency Radio
Nov 05, 2013

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Even as immigration reform remains up for congressional consideration this fall, deportations continue to take place regularly across the Midwest.

However, it is less likely to be in the news than it was several years ago.

In the 1990s, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would storm workplaces, march dozens of laborers out in handcuffs and load them onto awaiting buses.

“There was backlash, children being left behind,” said Laurie Martinez, who works with immigrants through the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. “ICE will still do roundups, where they’re looking for several individuals, and we usually hear about it a week after. But you don’t hear much of them going to employers.

“Now it seems to be they’re targeting people in jail, in the prison system.”

Deportations and so called “sweeps” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents remain a part of life all over the country, but it’s a quieter approach. It targets specific individuals rather than workers or a place of business. Those individuals targeted primarily have serious criminal records or had run-ins with immigration authorities in the past. The most recent one in Brown County, Wis., where Green Bay is the county seat, was in April, when ICE picked up 44 people.

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