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“Fearful, Panicked” Illegal Immigrants Flood Mexican Consulates Across The U.S.

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 17, 2017 6:20 PM

After a wave of raids last weekend by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials landed over 600 people, in cities across the country, in federal detention centers, illegal immigrants around the nation are suddenly growing far more concerned about what the Trump administration might mean for their future residency plans.  Add to that this morning’s latest leaks/rumors, courtesy of the Associated Press, that Trump is making plans to call up 100,000 National Guard troops to “round up” illegal immigrants and you have a recipe for nationwide panic among those who have intentionally violated U.S. immigration laws.

As the New York Times points out, this uncertainty over Trump’s approach to deportations has Mexican nationals flooding consulates all over the country for legal advice on how to fight deportation.

Perhaps nobody is as busy as Carlos García de Alba, the consul general in Los Angeles, one of the largest offices in the country. He has begun to train nearly every employee in basic legal services and expects to bring in many more immigration lawyers. Still, in recent months, Mr. García has felt torn between his efforts to increase services to worried constituents and trying to calm their nerves.

“We don’t want to provoke and feed a kind of paranoia among our nationals here,” Mr. García said in an interview. “There is a kind of psychosis, people are really scared. Up to now we haven’t seen anything that is really different than the last several years, but the environment is making people panic and they are completely fearful. They want to know what is going to happen and how to protect themselves.”

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