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>> Then flee from the fire and the chaos.>> US President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants ramping up next week with planned nationwide raids to arrest and deport suspected juvenile gang members, according to a memo seen by Reuters. Julia Edwards Ainsley has the story.>> US immigration agents are expected to target 16 and 17 year olds across the nation who are suspected of gang activity.
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That could mean they have a gang tattoo, they wear gang apparel, or just hang out in an area that is related to gang activity. Also, targets in this immigration raid are family units. These are people who came in as parents with their children who've been given orders of deportation but have not complied.
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And people who entered the United States as children unaccompanied and then whom have since turned 18.>> The raids a sharp departure from the practices of the Obama Administration in that they will include minors who are simply suspected of gang activity. But have not been convicted of any crime, as was the requirement under President Obama
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>> Tough talk on immigration and crime has been a cornerstone of Trump's political profile since the beginning of his campaign.>> I believe the time has come for new immigration rules.>> In his speech in Iowa just last month Trump pledged to overhaul the immigration system. And said of gangs like El Salvador's M13, they like to cut people.
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They do things that nobody can believe.>> Legal experts say that this could violate US immigration laws that protect child migrants. Also, people have said that these are the same children that fled violence, so it's unfair then to target them for violence that they may not have perpetrated themselves.
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And then to deport them back into that kind of situation.>> The raids are set to begin Sunday, and continue through Wednesday.