Advocates for illegal immigrants in New Jersey are complaining that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency “scared kids” with unannounced raids on the homes of undocumented immigrants in New Brunswick and Freehold.
Apparently ICE officials had told New Jersey advocates that the Garden State was not part of the nation-wide sweep of criminal illegal aliens being carried out over the last few months. Yet several raids on individuals were carried out — and without advance notice — and it is these raids advocates are criticizing.
Two men were taken into custody last week, sparking the community to wonder if ICE was conducting sweeps despite assurances otherwise.
“It sounds like they are ramping up enforcement,” Chia-Chia Wang, an organizer with American Friends Service Committee, an immigrant advocacy group, told the Asbury Park Press. “We believe that these are regular, ongoing raids.”
According to the newspaper, ICE officials reiterated its denial of any planned sweeps in the area and said these particular raids were just “business as usual” and targeted raids, not a wide sweep.