ICE Plans To Launch Nationwide Raids And Arrest Thousands This Weekend, NYT Reports

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials plan to launch nationwide raids and arrest thousands of undocumented immigrants as soon as this weekend, The New York Times reported early Thursday.

Citing two current and one former official at the Department of Homeland Security, The Times said around 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported by the federal government will be targeted.

Agents will also reportedly arrest people who happen to be on the scene, even if they weren’t the target of the raids. These so-called “collateral” deportations could include entire families. Officials said they will be held in detention centers together, where possible.

HuffPost has reached out to ICE for comment.

President Donald Trump delayed the raids that were scheduled to take place last month in 10 major cities, including Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago. He said he had hoped to work with Democrats to craft a “solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border”:

Congress passed a $4.6 billion humanitarian aid bill just days after that tweet, despite complaints from some Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that the legislation didn’t do enough to protect migrant children.

The Trump administration has faced heavy criticism for its immigration and refugee detention procedures in the past. In the past two years, thousands of children were separated from their parents under the president’s controversial “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Just this week, the UN’s Human Rights chief decried the “alarming” conditions at U.S. migrant detention centers along the border, saying she was “deeply shocked” by a lack of beds, filthy conditions and the spread of disease.

Immigrant enclaves have been rattled for weeks at the prospect of government officials knocking on their doors. In preparation of the expected raids, civil rights groups have been encouraging immigrant communities to study up on their legal rights. The ACLU reminded undocumented immigrants that they were not legally required to grant ICE agents access to their homes without certain kinds of warrants. And upon arrest, everyone was entitled to the right to remain silent and access to a government-appointed lawyer.

Since January, the Trump administration has been operating under the president’s hardline “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forces many of those seeking refuge to remain in Mexico until their applications are processed rather than wait in the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security said this week that the number of arrests along the border had dropped by 28 percent in June, the first time this year the number has declined. But more than 100,000 people were still arrested at the border, the fourth month in a row with that many detentions.

Agency officials claim border facilities have been overwhelmed for months, and DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday that the numbers reflected a “humanitarian crisis.”

“We are past the breaking point and in a full-blown emergency,” McAleenan said in a statement. “This situation should not be acceptable to any of us.”

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Undocumented Workers Fired From Trump’s Golf Clubs Ask Him To Help Them Stay In U.S.

“You know we are hard workers and that we are not criminals or seeking a free ride in America,” nearly two dozen people wrote in a letter to the president.

Nearly two dozen undocumented immigrants fired from President Donald Trump’s golf clubs are asking him to help them stay in the United States.

Twenty-one former employees, some of whom had worked at Trump’s properties for more than a decade, requested a meeting with the president so they could make their case, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post and published earlier this week.

“We are modest people who represent the dreams of the 11 million undocumented men, women and children who live and work in this country,” they wrote. “We love America and want to talk to you about helping to give us a chance to become legal.”

Last year, a maid at Trump’s club in Bedminster, New Jersey, revealed to The New York Times that she and some of her co-workers were undocumented immigrants. A supervisor who was aware of their status allegedly threatened to use it against those who complained about working conditions.

A Post investigation found in February that Trump’s businesses had a long history of employing undocumented workers, despite his populist rhetoric and his efforts as president to crack down on immigration.

Now, those who have been terminated are urging Trump to “recall how hard we worked for you, your family and your golf clubs.”

“You know we are hard workers and that we are not criminals or seeking a free ride in America,” the group wrote in its letter. “We pay all our taxes, love our faith and our family, and simply want to find a place for ourselves to make America even better.”

The workers concluded by saying they believe the president “will do the right thing to find a home for us here in America so that we can step out of the shadows and not deport us and our friends and family.”

The lowest-paying job in each U.S. state

(Graphic: David Foster/Yahoo Finance)

The U.S. job market is still roaring, but many American workers are stuck in low-paying jobs.

According to an analysis by Yahoo Finance — using recently released Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) — the lowest-paying jobs in the U.S. pay an annual mean wage between $18,000 and $26,000 a year.

Those jobs were predominantly in the food industry. Common jobs in the industry include cooking, prepping, and serving food. Here’s a look at each state (with job titles edited for clarity):

The second-most common low-paying job type across multiple states was related to ticket takers, ushers, and lobby attendants.

“Jobs are low-paying for one of two reasons,” David Neumark, professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine told Yahoo Finance. “There's a lot of supply and not much demand. And they're very low-skilled. I mean, how much skill does it take to collect movies at the movie theater, right?”

Lowest-paying job varies from state to state

While workers in the food industry were paid poorly from Alabama to Washington, there were noteworthy differences in wages for the same job across the U.S.

For example, while food preparation and serving earned a worker an annual mean wage of $18,680 in Alabama, the same job in Washington paid $25,550.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Waiters serving Dinner during 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Casa D' Angelo Ristorante on February 25, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Mychal Watts/Getty Images for SOBEWFF)

Part of the reason is because of the cost of living. According to the Cost of Living Index by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Alabama was ranked as the 11th cheapest U.S. state to reside. Washington was 38th. In other words, workers in Washington were paid more as it was commensurate with the cost of living.

The lowest-paid job among all the states was in Louisiana, where gaming and sports book writers and runners earned a mere $17,820.

And while there were only around 11,200 people in this profession, they formed a decent proportion of jobs in states like Alaska, Montana, Nevada as of 2017.

Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel box dealer. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

California, Florida, and Texas pay below minimum wage

Nearly 60% of American workers are paid at hourly rates, according to the BLS. And out of those workers, nearly 1.3 million earned wages below the federal minimum wage.

And with inflation creeping up, many of these workers could see their purchasing power decline as the government has kept the minimum wage at $7.25 for the 12th year in a row.

The industries that often paid workers below minimum wage were the leisure and hospitality industries, followed by education and health services, according to BLS data.

The states that had the biggest proportion of people making less than the minimum were Texas at 12.5%, Florida at 8.1%, and California at 5.5%.

One person who has sympathy for these workers is JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon.

“I'm in favor of generally minimum wages going up,” Dimon told Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer a recent interview (video above). “We got to give people more of a living wage. And I think if the federal [minimum wage] maybe raises, then states should do more locally so it doesn't damage the economy too much.”

Dimon added that he was also in favor of expanding the earned income tax credit.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20: A car pulls into the Vegas Auto Spa where workers are on strike on January 20, 2015 in New York City.  Eight workers from the popular car wash have filed a federal lawsuit against their employer and have been on strike for two months over issues of pay, hours, safe working conditions and the right to join a union. The suit alleges that they were paid less than minimum wage and it demands $600,000 in overtime and other back wages. The car wash industry has a long history with issues of worker exploitation in America.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Automation a big risk

And with businesses automating rapidly, some of these jobs could no longer exist in the near future.

Generally, “the jobs that can be automated and are getting automated are the ones that are very routine,” Neumark said.

Referring to the example of ticket takers, he said that “you can get anyone to do that job… because it'll make your business more productive. You'd love to replace those people with a machine if you could, but they haven't yet for some reason.”

But to those who worry about automation causing millions of job losses, Neumark had a simple response: “We've been automating for 200 years. And we're getting richer, not poorer.”

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