Officers of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency arrested 26 illegal immigrants in Texas who had come to a job site to provide court-ordered community service. The group was about to do jobs such as collecting litter on the sides of highways in Tarrant County.
The team from ICE waited for a bus that left 37 people at a job site in Tarrant County on Sunday in order to conduct the arrest. Critics of the Trump administration’s response to border security issues and illegal immigration claim that such actions will diminish the cooperation of immigrants with the government and law enforcement. According to Fusion, Amy Fischer of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services said, “The people that were picked up were literally paying their debt back to society.”
Fischer, who is a policy director with the state-wide organization, expressed surprise that ICE would conduct such a raid. She added that such raids spread fear in immigrant communities.
In an interview with local KXAS-TV news, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn said that ICE arrested persons convicted of high-level misdemeanors or low-level felonies. Their crimes included assault.