Dallas meeting with ICE chief, sheriff erupts in anti-deportation chants

The Dallas Morning News

A community engagement meeting with Sarah Saldaña, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez erupted Wednesday night into chants calling for an end to deportations.

Saldaña told a crowd of about 120 that her agency had new priorities to go after “the worst of the worst” — those with criminal records — and those who arrived in the country illegally after Jan. 1, 2014.

“People who are in the country illegally and who are undocumented and commit crimes in this country — guess who their victims are? The immigrant population, folks,” Saldaña said to the crowd at El Centro College’s West Dallas campus.

The folksy approach of the first Latina ICE chief, who addressed the crowd of immigrants in Spanish and Spanglish, and called Valdez “la sherifa,” elicited a few smiles.

But when the former Dallas-based U.S. attorney opened up the event to questions, exchanges became heated.

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