Raphael Sanchez is seen in U.S. District Court in Seattle in this artist's sketch. SKETCH BY PETER MILLETT

Seattle ICE lawyer charged with stealing immigrant IDs

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Raphael A. Sanchez, the chief counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Seattle has been arrested for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft of multiple immigrants.

The Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section believes that Sanchez deceived seven immigrants going through immigration proceedings in order to defraud banks with taking out multiple credit cards.

Documents show that Sanchez would send emails from his work email to his personal one about immigrants information without lawful authority. This went on for more than four years, totally $190,000 in credit and bank charges.

Sanchez reportedly resigned from his position and both charges are felonies and pleaded guilty.

Immigration in the U.S.

The climate is difficult for immigrants, both residents legally and undocumented. Earlier in 2017, the Republican anti-immigrant contingency and Trump introduced a proposal to reduce legal immigration by 50 percent.

Currently, 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. Often, the face of immigrants who seek legal resident status are brown and Latino; and are most likely profiled by ICE with racist de facto policies.

Read more on Undocumented Irish Immigrants

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Immigration and Naturalization Services deported more unauthorized immigrants than any other US Administration. With a year under the Trump Administration, a visible drop in deportations shows, but a dramatic spike in arrests and placements in detention centers.

Nyeighsha Lord contributed to this article



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