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ICE Arrests Illegals Working Construction on Air Force Base

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have arrested illegal aliens working construction at the Travis Air Force Base and they are looking to deport them as soon as possible.

ICE quickly arrived on the scene after a military official realized that two illegal immigrants, Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nuñez, did not have valid social security numbers and reported the pair of construction workers at the base, reports Mercury News reports.

After arresting Mejia and Nuñez, ICE has placed the men in expedited deportation proceedings, as both men have removal orders that stem from when they entered the country over a decade ago.

Mejia was upset. He told The Mercury News in Spanish, while detained at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, that he has a good track record.

“I’ve been here for 17 years and my record is excellent,” he said. “I’ve never done anything to anyone. My bills are paid on time, I have a clean record, we’ve never asked the government for help.”

ICE told The Mercury News that the two men “will remain in ICE custody pending court proceedings and it will be up to a judge with the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review to determine whether they will be subject to removal from the U.S.”

The immigration attorney for the two men has submitted an asylum request, but in order for that request to go through, the men will have to prove that they will likely face severe persecution upon returning to Mexico.

Under President Donald Trump, ICE’s activities have increased, with arrests going up 35 percent in the first few months of the administration compared to the same period last year.

ICE agents are now able to potentially arrest anyone in the country who is here illegally, instead of being limited to gang members or illegals that have extensive criminal records.

Niels Frenzen, a law professor and director of the Immigration Clinic at USC, said that Trump still has not hired additional ICE or Border Patrol agents, which means that despite their being an increase in arrests, the activity is still capped due to a limited number of agents.