Categories for ICE

31,600. 12/11/2019

ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants inside the United States dropped in the past year, according to government data released on Wednesday [12-11-19], a sharp contrast to the ‘millions’ of deportations that President Trump promised this summer. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested about 143,000 immigrants in the country’s interior from October 2018 to September 2019, 10 percent less than they did the previous fiscal year. That is the lowest level of arrests since Mr. Trump took office, ICE officials said Wednesday. Deportations from the interior also declined 10 percent, to 85,958 from 95,360. Matthew Albence, the acting director of ICE, attributed the declines in enforcement to the reallocation of resources to the border with Mexico, where a surge in asylum-seeking migrants has taxed federal resources.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Promises Aside, Deportations Under Trump Dropped in Last Year,” The New York Times online, December 11, 2019

29,384. 10/11/2019

CRIME/ICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: ‘It breaks my heart every time I speak to one of these victims.’ @ICEgov can intervene before preventable crimes happen by…”

Donald Trump,, October 11, 2019 10:46 am

27,784. 8/24/2019

ICE/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VETO: “North Carolina Governor Cooper Vetoed a Bill that would have required Sheriffs to cooperate with Ice. This is a terrible decision for the great people of North Carolina. He should reverse his decision and get back to the basics of fighting crime!”

Donald Trump,, August 24, 2019 10:35 am

27,487. 8/15/2019

ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: After @ICEgov recently removed illegal immigrants working at Koch Foods’ plants in Mississippi, Americans are applying for…”

Donald Trump,, August 15, 2019 2:53 pm

27,446. 8/14/2019

DHS/FEDERAL FUNDING/ICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration wants to pour more federal funding into Immigration and Customs Enforcement by shifting money out of other Department of Homeland Security accounts, two House aides and a congressional office confirmed to POLITICO. The move is sure to rile Democrats already angered by what they see as President Donald Trump’s harsh immigration policies, most recently ICE raids across seven Mississippi food-processing plants that resulted in the arrest of 680 workers. Congressional appropriators are reviewing a request from Homeland Security to redirect more money to ICE, aides said. It’s unclear how much the administration wants to move around through a process known as reprogramming, what the funds would be used for or whether the request would require congressional approval. Aides declined to provide details or a copy of the request. House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), however, was quick to throw cold water on the Trump administration’s bid for more ICE funding.”

Caitlin Emma and Jennifer Scholtes, “Trump administration aims to shift money to immigration enforcement,” Politico, August 14, 2019 5:21 pm

27,425. 8/13/2019

BORDER/ICE/MEDIA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Great interview of Ron Vitiello, Former Acting Ice Director, by @JesseBWatters, on @FoxNews, about all of the work that is being (& has been) done on our Southern Border. Thanks Ron, terrific job! Now if only the Democrats would fix the Loopholes & Asylum.” 

Donald Trump,, August 13, 2019 9:38 pm

26,993. 7/28/2019

DEMS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘If the Democrats would have closed the Loopholes two years ago when President Trump asked them to do so, none of this stuff would have happened.’ @ThomasHomanICE”

Donald Trump,, July 28, 2019 8:47 pm

26,816. 7/22/2019

BORDER/ICE/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun using DNA testing at seven locations along the southern border to identify individuals who pose as families, the agency said Monday [7-22-19]. The implementation of DNA testing along parts of the US-Mexico border is part of a concerted effort by the Trump administration to crack down on illegal immigration, as the number of apprehensions at the border continue to outpace recent years. The DNA testing, in particular, takes direct aim at individuals posing as families amid the increase in families at the border. The administration has argued that people are using children to get into the US, knowing they’ll be released. Out of the 102 family DNA tests administered last week, 85 were found to have a familial connection, ICE said. Seventeen came out negative, and 16 of those were referred for prosecution. Migrants have to consent to the test, which can provide results in about 90 minutes. The information collected in the DNA test is not stored or shared, ICE says.”

-Priscilla Alvarez, “ICE ramps up DNA testing for migrant families along the southern border,” CNN Politics,, July 22, 2019 6:51 pm

26,787. 7/21/2019

CALIFORNIA/ICE/IMMIGRATION/MENTAL HEALTH/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Federal inspectors visiting a California migrant detention center made a shocking discovery last year: Detainees had made nooses from bedsheets in 15 of 20 cells in the facility they visited. The inspection revealed the extent of a largely unseen mental health crisis within the growing population of migrants who are being held in detention centers in border states. President Donald Trump’s 2017 decision to reverse a policy that encouraged releasing vulnerable individuals while they await deportation hearings has left U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement unequipped to deal with conditions ranging from anxiety to schizophrenia. One estimate puts the number of detainees with mental illnesses between 3,000 and 6,000. Some advocates and lawyers who work with migrants in the facilities say it’s probably more. Many of the migrants with mental illness are not stable enough to participate in their own legal proceedings, so they languish in detention. While treatment of immigrants has become an explosive national issue, the plight of mentally ill migrants has scarcely registered.”

Renuka Rayasm, “Migrant mental health crisis spirals in ICE detention facilities,” Politico, July 21, 2019 6:54 am

26,691. 7/18/2019

BORDER/GANGS/ICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….of gang members, in particular MS-13. ICE and Border Patrol are doing a great job!”

Donald Trump,, July 18, 2019 10:10 am

26,519. 7/12/2019

BORDER/DEMS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump confirmed Friday [7-12-19] that border agents will begin raids in selected American cities this weekend to remove people who are in the United States illegally…Trump’s opponents have urged him to hold off on the raids, calling them an unnecessary overreaction and arguing that they are likely to ensnare innocent people, including migrants who missed court dates they didn’t know they had…The raids are expected to target ten yet-to-be-disclosed cities. Trump discussed the raid as Vice President Mike Pence visited the southern border to tour a migrant detention facility in Texas. House Democrats, meanwhile, held hearings on what observers have described as poor living conditions at those facilities. Promoting Pence’s trip, Trump defended the detention facilities by saying ‘they are crowded because we have a lot of people. But they’re in good shape.’ Speaking at the White House before a trip to Milwaukee and Cleveland, Trump talked about the raids even as administration officials have complained about leaks regarding their plans.”

David Jackson and Alan Gomez, “Donald Trump: Immigration raids begin Sunday, will target criminals ‘as much as we can’,” USA Today, July 12, 2019 2:36 pm

26,449. 7/11/2019

ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday [7-14-19], according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux. The operation, backed by President Trump, had been postponed, partly because of resistance among officials at his own immigration agency. The raids, which will be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over multiple days, will include ‘collateral’ deportations, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the preliminary stage of the operation. In those deportations, the authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids. When possible, family members who are arrested together will be held in family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. But because of space limitations, some might end up staying in hotel rooms until their travel documents can be prepared. ICE’s goal is to deport the families as quickly as possible.”

Caitlin Dickerson and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Thousands Are Targeted as ICE Prepares to Raid Undocumented Migrant Families,” The New York Times online, July 11, 2019

26,235. 7/3/2019

BORDER/DEMS/DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Wednesday [7-3-19] that migrants were ‘living far better’ in Border Patrol detention centers than in their home countries, one day after his own administration reported that children in some facilities were denied hot meals or showers, and that cells were so crowded that migrants begged to be freed. In a series of posts on Twitter, Mr. Trump criticized Democrats who this week visited Border Patrol facilities in Texas, and reported that migrants had been forced to drink from a toilet. Customs and Border Protection officials have disputed that claim…Mr. Trump’s statements followed weeks of public backlash over allegations about the care of migrants who are held in Border Patrol facilities. Last month, a team of lawyers who spoke to migrants at a holding center in Clint, Tex., said children did not have access to soap or showers. The Democratic lawmakers said the asylum seekers were kept in cells without running water and slept on concrete. On Tuesday [7-2-19], the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general backed some of those findings in a report on conditions in detention centers in the Rio Grande Valley. ”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Trump Says Migrants Are ‘Living Far Better’ in Overcrowded Border Facilities,” The New York Times online, July 3, 2019 

26,017. 6/25/2019

BORDER/ICE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump is poised to tap Mark Morgan, his current acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director, to take over border security operations, according to a senior administration official and four other people familiar with the move. The prospective decision comes after John Sanders, the previous acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, resigned earlier Tuesday [6-25-19] amid criticism of his agency’s handling of migrant children and families in federal custody. Matthew Albence, deputy ICE director, will become acting director, according to the people briefed on the move. Sanders’ exit, which he confirmed Tuesday in an email to CBP employees, marks the latest high-profile departure at President Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security. In April, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and several other top officials were pushed out as the White House grappled with a rising number of migrants arriving at the southwest border.”

Ted Hesson and Quint Forgey, “Trump expected to tap acting ICE Director Morgan for border commissioner,” Politico, June 25, 2019 5:53 pm

25,996. 6/25/2019

BORDER/DHS/ICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Turmoil intensified on Tuesday [6-25-19] inside the agency responsible for securing the country’s borders as a top official was replaced by an immigration hard-liner and former Fox News contributor who last week pushed for nationwide raids to deport undocumented families. That hard-liner, Mark Morgan, will take over as the head of Customs and Border Protection, administration officials said Tuesday. The move again overhauls leadership at the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for cybersecurity, disaster relief and the enforcement of customs, border and immigration law, just two months after a purge of officials destabilized the agency…The White House in recent months has installed multiple officials at the department who have gone on television to support Mr. Trump’s more aggressive immigration policies, using certain officials to knock out others without any clear vision for homeland security. Each of the homeland security agencies responsible for enforcing immigration policy — Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services — is led by an acting official.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Maggie Haberman, “‘A Constant Game of Musical Chairs’ Amid Another Homeland Security Shake-,” The New York Times online, June 25, 2019

25,943. 6/22/2019

ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The people that Ice will apprehend have already been ordered to be deported. This means that they have run from the law and run from the courts. These are people that are supposed to go back to their home country. They broke the law by coming into the country, & now by staying.” 

Donald Trump,, June 22, 2019 7:30 am

25,905. 6/20/2019

DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/MASSACHUSETTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in Massachusetts on Thursday [6-20-19] blocked federal authorities from making civil immigration arrests inside the state’s courthouses. District Judge Indira Talwani issued a preliminary injunction that blocks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security ‘from civilly arresting parties, witnesses, and others attending Massachusetts courthouses on official business while they are going to, attending, or leaving the courthouse,” according to the court order. The order follows a lawsuit from Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, the Committee for Public Counsel Services — Massachusetts’ public defender agency, and advocacy group Chelsea Collaborative. It also comes after a Massachusetts judge and a former court officer were accused in April of helping a twice-deported undocumented defendant elude immigration authorities by slipping out a rear courthouse door.”

Kate Sullivan, “Massachusetts federal judge blocks ICE from making civil immigration arrests inside state’s courthouses,” CNN Politics,, June 20, 2019 5:27 pm

25,900. 6/20/2019

ICE/IMMIGRATION/MASSACHUSETTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge on Thursday [6-20-19] ruled that U.S. immigration authorities cannot arrest illegal immigrants at Massachusetts courthouses, the first order of its kind barring courthouse arrests. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston issued an injunction preventing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, from carrying out a directive authorizing arrests of illegal immigrants in the state’s courts. Talwani enjoined the directive until the case proceeds to a trial, noting in the opinion that as long as the threat of arrests hangs over the state’s courts ‘some state criminal and civil cases may well go unprosecuted for lack of victim or witness participation.’ The judge’s order did not apply to criminal arrests by ICE, although most of the agency’s arrests are civil arrests for violating immigration laws. ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

Tom Hals, “U.S. judge bars immigration arrests at Massachusetts courts,” Reuters, June 20, 2019 2:20 pm

25,850. 6/18/2019

DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Immigration and Customs Enforcement in recent days has bulked up the branch responsible for carrying out deportations in preparation for the mass arrests of undocumented immigrants, two Department of Homeland Security officials said on Tuesday [6-18-19], adding that the agency could not immediately deport “millions of illegal aliens” as President Trump had promised the night before. Senior ICE officials, many of whom were blindsided by Mr. Trump’s tweet, have signaled for weeks that the agency would conduct raids targeting thousands of migrant families in homes and communities, something one of the homeland security officials confirmed on Tuesday was expected in the coming weeks. ICE has requested that agents in Homeland Security Investigations — the branch of the agency that conducts long-term investigations into human trafficking and drug smuggling — assist Enforcement and Removal Operations, which deports undocumented immigrants, according to the two homeland security officials.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Michael D. Shear, “ICE Signals Mass Immigration Arrests, but Not the ‘Millions’ Trump Promised,” The New York Times online, June 18, 2019

25,847. 6/18/2019

BORDER/DEMS/ICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In the ultimate act of moral cowardice, not one Democrat Candidate for president – not a single one – has stood up to defend the incredible men and women of ICE and Border Patrol. They don’t have the character, the virtue, or the spine! #Trump2020

Donald Trump,, June 18, 2019 9:04 pm

25,821. 6/17/2019

ICE/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people…….” 

Donald Trump,, June 17, 2019 8:20 pm

25,743. 6/14/2019

BORDER/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s pick to become ‘border czar’ was surprised to be name-checked by the president Friday [6-14-19], according to a person familiar with the situation. During a lengthy phone interview on ‘Fox & Friends,’ Trump said he will bring back former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan for a new border role. The public attention caught Homan off-guard, and it’s not yet clear he’ll take the job, the person said. The White House for months has weighed the possibility of creating a ‘czar’ position to coordinate immigration issues across various federal agencies. Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli reportedly was considered for the role, but instead became acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director.”

Ted hesson, “Former ICE official Homan surprised by Trump’s ‘border czar’ announcement,” Politico, June 14, 2019 8:57 pm

25,739. 6/14/2019

BORDER/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump on Friday [6-14-19] again shook up his immigration team, appointing a hard-liner to coordinate border policy from the White House and sending a message that he is redoubling his efforts to prevent migrants from entering the United States. Thomas D. Homan, his choice for the job, served as the acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement early in the administration and retired last year when his nomination for the permanent position stalled in the Senate. Since then, he has been a fierce supporter of the administration’s policies during frequent appearances on Fox News…The appointment to the newly created position comes at a time when Mr. Trump has expressed deep frustration and anger at his own officials for refusing to enforce his demands to shut down the flow of immigrants across the southwestern border. Stephen Miller, the president’s senior adviser, remains the intellectual engine behind the administration’s immigration agenda. But in Mr. Homan, the president may have finally found the ask-no-questions enforcer of the nation’s immigration laws that he has always longed for.”

-Michael D. Shear and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Trump Appoints a Loyalist as ‘Border Czar’ in Latest Immigration Reshuffle,” The New York Times online, June 14, 2019

25,078. 5/17/2019

DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/STEPHEN MILLER/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Acting Homeland Security Director Kevin McAleenan threatened to step down this week if he did not get more authority over his agency in response to another attempt by White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller to dictate agency hiring, The Washington Post reported Friday [5-17-19]. The clash highlights yet another instance of Miller causing tension with his far-reaching influence as a counselor on immigration matters to President Donald Trump. The private confrontation centered on Miller’s advice to Trump that he should pick Mark Morgan — whom Trump has named to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement — for commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, and keep current acting ICE Director Matthew Albence in his role, the paper reported. Three Trump administration officials told the Post that McAleenan informed senior White House officials that he, not Miller, leads the department and that he should have at least a hand in departmental hiring choices. McAleenan met with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, the officials said. One Trump aide described the internal turmoil surrounding the issue as akin to an ‘immigration knife fight.’”

Caroline Kelly, “Washington Post: Acting Homeland Security chief threatened to leave over Stephen Miller,” The New York Times online, May 17, 2019 10:48 pm 

25,074. 5/17/2019

BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is preparing to send Central American migrants caught along the southern border to Border Patrol stations “across the entire nation,’ according to a senior Border Patrol official who confirmed the plans Friday. With more than 4,500 people being caught each day crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency has run out of room at its Border Patrol facilities in the four border states. The agency has started looking at its facilities around the country, which are mostly along the northern border with Canada and coastal states. That means states from Oregon to North Dakota to Maine may begin receiving planeloads of migrant families in the weeks to come. On Tuesday [5-14-19], Customs and Border Protection sent its first plane full of migrants from Texas to San Diego. The official confirmed reports on Thursday [5-16-19] that the Florida counties of Broward and Palm Beach are under consideration given the size and capabilities of Border Patrol stations in the South Florida region. But he did not say if the decision is final or when the flights would start.”

Alan Gomez, “Trump administration prepares to release Central American migrants ‘across the entire nation’,” USA Today, May 17, 2019 6:37 pm