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Internal emails show ICE agents struggling to substantiate Trump’s lies about immigrants

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A ruling in the defendant's favor could complicate the Trump administration's effort to step up prosecutions for those who aid illegal immigrants. | Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP

A ruling in the defendant’s favor could complicate the Trump administration’s effort to step up prosecutions for those who aid illegal immigrants. | Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP

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October 4 2017

Courtesy of The Intercept

As hundreds of undocumented immigrants were rounded up across the country last February in the first mass raids of the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials went out of their way to portray the people they detained as hardened criminals, instructing field offices to highlight the worst cases for the media and attempting to distract attention from the dozens of individuals who were apprehended despite having no criminal background at all.

On February 10, as the raids kicked off, an ICE executive in Washington sent an “URGENT” directive to the agency’s chiefs of staff around the country. “Please put together a white paper covering the three most egregious cases,” for each location, the acting chief of staff of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations wrote in the email. “If a location has only one egregious case — then include an extra egregious case from another city.”

Internal emails show ICE agents struggling to substantiate Trump’s lies about immigrants

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