MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - In early 2016 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced they are prepared for a series of raids targeting refugees and undocumented immigrants.
Since then it has caused many to feel uneasy, especially after photos on social media were shared over thousands of times show people getting deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
These photos are usually posted with warnings saying ICE is in the area deporting people. ICE Public Affairs confirms these photos are not from the Midland area. ICE continues the investigation to determine where they originated from.
ICE is not releasing deportation statistics for West Texas. However, in 2015 they removed over 235,000 people from the United States.
According to ICE, when it comes to deportations they are focusing on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. This includes people who have been arrested while trying to illegally enter the United States, recent border crossers and those who have received a final order of removal on or before January 1, 2014.
ICE said they aim to ensure there are safe and legal options to those who are seeking refugee. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program focuses on refugees from Central America. ICE continues to work with governments from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras for long term solutions that cause many to leave their home countries.