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U.S. Plans Deportation Raids Targeting Hundreds of Families

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John Moore—Getty Images A one-year-old from El Salvador clings to his mother after she turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents on Dec. 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas.

The plans would deport people who have arrived since 2014, fleeing violence in Central America

The Department of Homeland Security is finalizing plans for a series of raids to deport hundreds of families who have immigrated from Central America since 2014, according to a report.

The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources familiar with the plan, reports that the large-scale deportation effort could begin as early as January. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would carry out the raids, and target families who have already been ordered to leave the U.S by immigration judges.

The Post reports that more than 100,000 families have entered the U.S. from its border with Mexico since 2014.

The proposed deportation efforts have been debated within the White House, and DHS officials have called for the measures given the recent uptick in illegal immigration.

[The Washington Post]

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