Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) took to Twitter Saturday to demand answers as ICE prepares to “deport dozens of individuals” from her district back to Somalia, claiming they will risk “the spread of COVID”.
In March, Omar also called to “release ICE detainees” amid the global pandemic, tweeting, “We need to release ICE detainees, people held on bail, and anyone [who] qualifies for work release.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted on Saturday: “ICE is set to deport dozens of individuals from my district to Somalia, risking the spread of COVID.”
“ICE’s actions will not only put these individuals at risk, but could have far-reaching consequences for Somalia. This week, I sent a letter to ICE to get answers,” she wrote.
On September 1, ICE announced the results of recent enforcement actions for individuals who have been arrested for, or have pending charges or convictions, for crimes involving victims. From July 13, 2020, to August 14, 2020, ICE officers arrested more than 2,000 individuals.
Per ICE, about 85 percent of those arrested by ICE on immigration charges had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges, as reported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Continued Below
Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tweet:
ICE is set to deport dozens of individuals from my district to Somalia, risking the spread of COVID.
ICE’s actions will not only put these individuals at risk, but could have far-reaching consequences for Somalia.
This week, I sent a letter to ICE to get answers.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) September 12, 2020
Swamp Drain tried to contact ICE Office of Public Affairs for more information regarding Rep. Omar’s tweet. We were unable to obtain additional information as of publishing this article.
Data captured and reported from AILA from July 13 to August 20 shows that ICE officers arrested more than 2,000 at-large individuals living illegally in the U.S., or who are removable from the U.S. due to their criminal histories. About 85 percent of those arrested by ICE on immigration charges also had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.
Many believe that 9/11 is the reason ICE was formed; however, ICE’s history goes way back when the U.S. was growing as a country.
The video below traces the history of the agency’s customs and immigration enforcement responsibilities back to the nation’s earliest days, when the founding fathers were establishing the blueprint for these newly created United States of America, according to ICE.