U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) says three ICE “fugitives” from El Salvador have been arrested in Santa Fe.
An ICE statement in response to Journal questions says that on June 13 and 14 in Santa Fe, the agency “administratively arrested” a 46-year-old man with a “final order of removal” from 2005 and who has previously been deported twice, in 2009 and 2013; a 38-year-old man who had been ordered removed in absentia in 2005; and a 32-year-old woman who was ordered removed in absentia in 2014.
All three remain in ICE custody pending their removal to El Salvador, ICE said.
There have been unconfirmed reports of ICE arresting many restaurant workers over the past two weeks. Restaurant owners contacted by the Journal have declined to comment.
Marcela Díaz, executive director of immigrants rights group Somos Un Pueblo Unido, said Friday that she hadn’t heard anything about “dozens” of restaurant workers being taken. But she said it’s clear ICE has become increasingly aggressive.
“We haven’t seen them in the past trying to reach people in the workplace. That’s a different tactic they’re using,” she said.
Another new tactic appears to be stopping vehicles on their way to work or school. “In the instances of vehicle stops they are asking for license and registration, but they are not police officers,” she said, adding that it appears ICE is targeting certain individuals.
“These families are being terrorized,” she said. “These aggressive tactics that are taking place are putting people on edge and disrupting their lives — and hurting the local economy.”
In the statement provided to the Journal, an official said, “ICE no longer exempts classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and – if found removable by final order – removal from the United States.”