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The human face of Trump's immigrant crackdown

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 01:44

In Southern California, President Trump's crackdown on illegal Immigrants is resonating across entire communities. Adalberto Magana-Gonzalez is one of many who've been caught in the net of immigration agents acting at the request of the president, although critics say it's not just criminals who are being swept up. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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He's one of thousands arrested since Donald Trump took office in January. Adalberto Magana-Gonzalez was working on a boat in California when he says, heavily armed U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents came for him. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADALBERTO MAGANA-GONZALEZ, ARRESTED IMMIGRANT, SAYING: "I knew they would arrest me one day..." The Mexican native says he's been deported before. He says he can't remember exactly, but thinks he's crossed the border illegally seven times. (REPORTER ASKS: IS IT HARDER TO GET ACROSS THE BORDER NOW?) "Not, when you know the way." Magana-Gonzalez has also served time in a U.S. jail for burglary and domestic violence. He's just the type of man ICE says they're now targeting under Trump. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVID MARIN, LOS ANGELES ICE DIRECTOR OF ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL OPERATIONS, SAYING: "...We are able to arrest more people if we want to and we are making those attempts, but our focus is on criminals, and that's really what we're focusing on." But critics dispute that claim. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FRANCISCO MORENO, CONSEJO DE FEDERACIONES MEXICANAS (COFEM) COMMUNITIES DIRECTOR, SAYING: "They are targeting any person, any regular person or persons that are not criminals..." Francisco Moreno says many ICE officials are using heavy-handed tactics in rounding up -- and deporting -- illegal immigrants, EVEN law-abiding ones. And while government data indicates that about 90 percent of the immigrants apprehended in the Los Angeles area have committed crimes... critics point to ICE's own data which shows that about one-third of those detained nationally are non-criminal. As someone who's done time in the U.S., Adalberto Magana-Gonzalez fully expected this day to come.. but for others in his community...those who may be here illegally but have committed no crime, President's Trump's campaign promises have produced a climate of uncertainty and fear.

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The human face of Trump's immigrant crackdown

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 01:44