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Oregon ICE agents are texting immigrants to gather evidence to deport them


Added 10-26-17 10:59:02am EST - ““This is Officer Smith... Please feel free to call me with any questions that you have. I will need to heard [sic] from you soon.”” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “Oregon ICE agents are texting immigrants to gather evidence to deport them”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency appears to be texting undocumented immigrants to get them to divulge evidence to be used during potential deportation proceedings, the Portland Mercury reported Wednesday.

Attorneys of an immigrant who lives in Oregon said ICE suspected him of being undocumented and that he was recently charged with a misdemeanor in Multnomah County where Portland is located. The ICE agent, who identified himself as an officer, texted the man asking him to call back.

“Hello,” the message said, according to Portland Mercury reporter Doug Brown who saw the text message. “This is Officer Smith. My address is as follows: 4310 SW Macadam Ave. Portland, OR 97239. Please feel free to call me with any questions that you have. I will need to heard [sic] from you soon.”

“Officer Smith” is ICE agent Scott P. Smith and the address is the local ICE office in Portland. Attorneys say the man called Officer Smith back and that Smith “manipulated him into divulging his native country and immigration status” so that he could have evidence for potential deportation proceedings.

Texting immigrants as an enforcement tactic appears to be relatively rare, but increasingly unsurprising for an agency where federal immigration agents have aggressively heeded President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Trump’s orders, which essentially made all undocumented immigrants fair game, have already empowered federal immigration officers to detain and deport as many people as possible, leading to a 40 percent increase in immigration arrests this year compared with the same time period last year.

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