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How Do ICE Agents Decide Whom to Arrest — and Why?

During the week of April 17, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents made 95 arrests during a five-day sweep in Houston. Most of those arrested had prior criminal convictions. Some did not. The focus of such occasional raids seems to primarily focus on dangerous criminals, but who draws that line? Today, we learn how such […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaDuring the week of April 17, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents made 95 arrests during a five-day sweep in Houston. Most of those arrested had prior criminal convictions. Some did not. The focus of such occasional raids seems to primarily focus on dangerous criminals, but who draws that line?

Today, we learn how such sweeps from Bret Bradford, director of field enforcement and removal for ICE, and we find out how his agency assesses whether or not to arrest someone. Then we learn about current policies regarding the prosecution of criminal aliens from immigration attorney Amber M. Gracia, director of litigation for the Quan Law Group.

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