The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is planning a series of deportation raids focused on Central American immigrants who have come to the U.S. illegally.
This would be the first large-scale effort to deport families who have come to the U.S. to escape escalating violence in Central America. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are expected to carry out the raids as soon as January.
While more than one-hundred thousand immigrants have crossed the U.S. border from Central America since last year, officials say the raids will focus on adults and children who have already been ordered to leave the U.S. by an immigration judge.
Why are these raids happening now? How many immigrants are expected to be deported? And how will this play out politically in the presidential race?
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Fawn Johnson, Chief Policy Editor for Morning Consult
Niels W. Frenzen, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Immigration Clinic at USC Gould School of Law