President Trump has been focusing the media’s attention on the need for better immigration policies. Recently, he signed an executive order allowing several National Guard agents to the Mexican-American border. On April 12, federal agents were successful in conducting one of the biggest crackdowns in over a decade.
Federal agents raided a Tennessee meat processing plant and detained at least 97 individuals. Tammy Spicer, the spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, explains that the raid on Southeastern Provision is the largest worksite immigration enforcement incident that has been successfully carried out since the presidency of George W. Bush. Eleven individuals were arrested for criminal activity, while the other 86 people were detained for being in the United States illegally.
Many experts consider this immigration incident to be a clear indicator of the direction that President Trump wants to go in this area. The President has significant stepped up his mass deportation enforcement agenda, and his administration has promised to continue to arrest and detain illegal immigrants. Earlier in January, immigration officials raided a number of 7-11 gas stations and arrested a total of 21 individuals.
Stephanie Teatro, the co-executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, has spoken against the Trump administration’s policies. She explains that the administration is obviously targeting employed immigrants and “really terrorizing communities across the country.” Teatro further explained that the raid resulted in a number of absent students in school on Friday due to fear. Several school children had both of their parents placed in detention, and most of the individuals detained had been long-standing members of the community.