WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Department of Homeland Security is planning nationwide raids aimed at deporting adults and children who have already been ordered removed by an immigration judge.
The Washington Post says the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation would begin as soon as next month and would likely affect hundreds of immigrants who fled violence in Central America.
An ICE spokeswoman said Thursday that the agency focuses on individuals "who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security," including those who have been caught trying to illegally enter the U.S. and those who have been ordered removed from the country since January 2014.
The Obama administration disclosed this week that in the 2015 budget year, the U.S. deported the fewest immigrants since 2006.
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