The recent four arrests of illegal immigrants while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers searched for other people is under scrutiny in the recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article entitled “Immigrants, their advocates wary of recent ICE actions in Pittsburgh.”

Previous administration through ICE did not overtly promote picking up anyone they incidentally encounter without documentation. 

Molly Born writes, “The four men arrested in Beechview on Feb. 1 and in Mount Oliver Feb. 8 were charged with being present in the United States without authorization.”

It is common for ICE officials to detain immigrants on the way to work. An anonymous family member of a detainee relayed her story, “…her brother-in-law’s employer called that day when he didn’t show up for work. When she looked outside, his car was still there, and about 7:40 a.m., she noticed SUVs in front of and behind her house. She lives at the home with her husband, brother-in-law and the couple’s two children, who attend Pittsburgh Public Schools and are U.S. citizens. ‘I’m very afraid to leave, to go outside,’ said the woman.”

Read the full article here.

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