Officially, there’s 11 million Mexicans in America. Unofficially, it’s probably much higher than that.
So, there’s a lot of territory to be reclaimed from the enemy invaders. The few hundred detained over the last week is a pathetically small number. But the Mexicans are fighting to keep every one of them in the U.S., claiming that they have a right to be here because the whole continent is theirs.
The tears are already flowing like rain.
Sweeping raids by U.S. immigration officials in recent days nabbed hundreds of individuals believed to be in the country illegally, spreading alarm among immigrant rights groups as they scrambled to gather information and warn people in communities nationwide.
Through social media and pop-up legal clinics, immigrant rights groups have doled out around-the-clock assistance, even as federal officials pushed back against the notion that the detentions reflected a vast overhaul of immigration law enforcement ordered by President Trump.
Officials with the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had conducted “targeted enforcement operations” focused on detaining people with criminal backgrounds in cities across the country. Officials described the operations as “routine.”
Nearly 200 people throughout Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were arrested last week during raids, according to a preliminary tally provided by ICE’s Atlanta field office. In the Los Angeles area, more than 150 arrests were made in a weeklong operation, ICE officials said.
And in Austin, Texas, ICE officials did not provide a total number of arrests but did notify the Mexican Consulate General of the number of Mexican nationals. A spokesman from the consulate said Saturday that nearly 50 arrests of Mexican nationals had been recorded since Thursday. On average, the consulate is notified of about three each day. (The Mexican government last week urged its nationals in the U.S. to “take precautions” amid a “new reality” for the immigrant community.)
“ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. ICE does not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately,” Bryan Cox, ICE’s Southern region communications director, said in a statement Saturday.
So many tears and it’s only the beginning.
San Antonio’s Doug Sahm is crying:
South Texas Freddy Fender is crying too: