This past weekend 121 illegal immigrants in the United States were arrested and are currently in the midst of an expedited process of being deported.
The arrests mark an initial major offensive since waves of families and unaccompanied children flooded the nation’s southern border in 2014. The event prompted debates regarding U.S. immigration laws — to which the Obama administration has now reacted.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement, “I have said publicly for months that individuals who constitute enforcement priorities, including families and unaccompanied children, will be removed.”
The immigrants were primarily arrested in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina, Johnson said. “I know there are many who loudly condemn our enforcement efforts as far too harsh, while there will be others who say these actions don’t go far enough,” Johnson went on to say. “I also recognize the reality of the pain that deportations do in fact cause. But, we must enforce the law consistent with our priorities.”