Immigration Stops in Delaware Valley

checkpoints_600x400From Emma Jacobs of WHYY – Philadelphia, the story of traffic checkpoints used to catch undocumented immigrants.

An excerpt: “Thomas Decker, the head of ICE’s regional enforcement and removal operations, said that during operations such as those in Norristown, immigration officials exercise independent judgment in each case.

‘Once we determine alienage, then is it somebody that falls into a priority. And if they fall into a priority then we can take enforcement action,’ Decker said.

However, the very nature of the traffic checkpoints leads to immigration officers encountering and detaining people they wouldn’t otherwise prioritize for public safety reasons.”