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Southern California immigrants warned to prepare for possible deportation

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" [...] if their children are U.S. born, foreign- born parents should register their children in their country of origin ..."
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Alejandra Molina
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Orange County Register
Article date: 
February 16, 2017
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National News
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Mexican and Guatemalan consuls are urging immigrants to be prepared and not panic in the wake of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation last week that resulted in 161 arrests in six Southern California counties.

In today’s immigration landscape, this means preparing for potential deportation.

“It’s as if you’re preparing for a hurricane or a natural emergency. Apply that idea,” said Mario Cuevas Zamora, the Mexican consul for Santa Ana.

This message jibes with a statement from the Mexican government that alerted its nationals of the “new reality” they’re facing in the United States...

Immigrants need to set up a family plan, said Cuevas, the Mexican consul for Santa Ana ... 

[...] if their children are U.S. born, foreign- born parents should register their children in their country of origin ...

However, consuls are stressing what Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been saying all along, that this recent Southern California enforcement was scheduled ahead of time, and targeted those with a criminal background, or who had final orders of removal or had been previously deported.

“These operatives are not new,” said Billy Muñoz, the Guatemalan consul for San Bernardino, who added that this kind of enforcement occurred when Barack Obama was president.