It seems as if the latest arrests of illegals by the Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency has scared some immigrants so badly, they are ‘self deporting’.
President Trump gave ICE agents and the federal government an order to crack down on illegal aliens; he also removed the policies Obama passed that kept the agents from doing their job.
Since the agency has been given full power to do their jobs, now the illegal immigrants are running scared for their lives and returning to Mexico, according to The Pueblo Chieftain.
The publication states that a February directive ordered the immigration agents “to detain any undocumented person they encountered — not just those with a criminal history or those in jails, the previous policy.”
That ramped-up enforcement has reportedly led to 14 people in the Pueblo area being arrested by ICE agents this year.
One of those people — 49-year-old Benito Rubio — died in a Denver hospital from undetermined causes while in federal custody after being arrested Feb. 28 in Pueblo.
Sources report that some undocumented families have left the area for Mexico rather than run the risk of having a parent arrested or even sentenced to prison for immigration violations.
Rubio, for example, was facing felony charges from repeat immigration violations and was likely to be sentenced to prison before being deported, according to his family.
The danger of arrest is also being felt in the number of longtime local people who offer to pick fruits and vegetables in Southern Colorado.
Michael Hirakata, whose family has grown cantaloupe, watermelon and pumpkins in the Rocky Ford area since 1927, said he has applied for 60 federal H2A worker visas this year. The documents allow workers to stay here from July to October and work on Hirakata’s farm.
“Fewer and fewer local people have been taking part in the (farm) labor pool anymore,” Hirakata said Friday.
Our federal laws state it is a criminal offense for an employer to hire an undocumented worker. That law has rarely been enforced for decades, which allowed places of business to hire illegals without consequences.
Now the tide is turning.
If officials keep this momentum going they will hardly have to make an arrest, because the illegals will just leave.
h/t Daily Wire