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    US Detains 121 Illegal Immigrants for Deportation

    FILE - A U.S. Border Patrol truck sits at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.
    FILE - A U.S. Border Patrol truck sits at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.
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    U.S. officials say immigration authorities have taken 121 people into custody since Friday, in the first raids targeting the deportation of families who have entered the United States illegally since May 2014.

    Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson said the detainees were taken into custody in the states of Texas, Georgia and North Carolina. He described them as members of Central American families who crossed into U.S. territory from Mexico. 

    Authorities said the detainees already had been ordered removed by an immigration court, after they had exhausted legal means to avoid being sent to their homelands.

    Johnson said most were placed in family detention centers in Texas to await deportation.

    The White House did not comment on specifics of the apprehensions, which have divided U.S. political leaders and stoked controversy with the American public. But spokesman Josh Earnest said immigration enforcement priorities are focused on deporting felons as opposed to families, while targeting recent border-crossers.

    FILE - A group of Central American immigrants sit between vegetation for fear of organized crime bands in Huehuetoca, near Mexico City, June 1, 2015. An increasing number of Central Americans are sneaking across Mexico's border en route to the United States.
    FILE - A group of Central American immigrants sit between vegetation for fear of organized crime bands in Huehuetoca, near Mexico City, June 1, 2015. An increasing number of Central Americans are sneaking across Mexico's border en route to the United States.

    The latest detentions impact only a small fraction of some 100,000 Central Americans — most of them mothers or unaccompanied children — who began crossing the U.S. border in waves nearly 20 months ago. 

    Analysts have linked the surge to sharp rises in gang-related violence in Central America, as well as to efforts by people seeking to reunite with family members already in the United States.

    The American Civil Liberties Union has condemned the deportations, which were first publicized in late December. An ACLU statement accuses federal officials of targeting families, and using the detentions as a "scare tactic to deter other families fleeing violence in Central America from coming to the United States."

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    by: thetruth87 from: durham, nc
    January 06, 2016 3:59 PM
    The illegals are coming up here taking jobs that they shouldn't have and these are not just garden picking jobs and it's not fair that they get to skip the line just because they live close to the united states. there are a lot of people out there that have it a lot worse.

    by: David
    January 05, 2016 9:39 PM
    If people come to the U.S. to work and earn an honest living then they should be allowed to. But if those imigrants begin to committ crimes, they should be sent back. Imigrants perform jobs that most americans will not perform They contribute to the economic growth of this country and should be allowed to prosper as our forfathers have.

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