Immigration enforcement up as agriculture GM calls for reform

Foreign nationals were arrested during the week of February 6, 2017, during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens.

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HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. — Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has ordered anyone in violation of immigration laws can be arrested, and the following data shows the policy being implemented.

The nearest Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office is in Atlanta. They don’t have data for individual states, but have combined data for North and South Carolina and Georgia. Between Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day in January through April 2016, the Atlanta ICE office arrested 4,246 people in the region. That is compared to 2,429 over the same time period last year.
In 2017 66.1 percent of the people arrested had prior criminal convictions. That is down from 89.4 percent in 2016.

In the heart of apple country, Tri-Hishtil’s greenhouses stand out. For one, they’re growing tomatoes and watermelons. For another, the company’s general manager offers a different perspective.

“For the years that I’ve been in the United States, I’ve always lived in Mills River,” Tri-Hishtil’s general manager Bert Lemkes said.
Lemkes was born in the Netherlands. He became a U.S. citizen after the September 11, 2001, attacks, but that’s not why he came to America. He came on a visa to work.

“When you ask any of these people that are working on agriculture why are they here — Work, build a future for my…

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