"Obviously those numbers reflect that ICE in Pennsylvania is doing their job; they're doing the work they're supposed to do,” said U. “People here in Pennsylvania realize illegal immigration is a problem and it’s not only a threat to our national security, but it’s also a threat to families’ jobs." At the same time, with 11 million undocumented immigrants nationwide, the government has to choose whom to pursue.And as deportation officers increasingly venture outside jails and prisons — where the majority of their arrests still occur — they are making choices that can seem random, unfair, or sometimes unlawful, not only to immigrants but also to some officials inside the immigration system.

It also did not matter to Anne or her open-armed family that Lulu, as they called him, was undocumented.

At their wedding in 2013, the Americans and the Guatemalans danced the night away with Latin DJs imported from Queens.

The office oversees ICE enforcement in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia.

Nationally, 38 percent of those arrested had no criminal convictions.

By last spring, when Pennsylvania roads were starting to feel like a dragnet for immigrants without papers, Ludvin Franco had mostly stopped getting behind the wheel of a car.

Often he relied on his wife to drive him, their twin toddlers buckled into the backseat.Court records, too, are confidential, purportedly to protect immigrants’ privacy, though the policy protects the immigration system from scrutiny, too.Reporters ended up examining more than 175 immigration arrests, which occurred during three large, multiday enforcement operations last winter, spring, and fall as well as during routine, daily apprehensions.Many of the immigrants arrested in this region last year were simply hapless: They lived in buildings or worked in restaurants or traveled on rural roads that ICE was staking out.They were mushroom pickers in vans that got pulled over without cause; dishwashers in pizzerias that got raided without warrants; Latino men who loosely resembled other Latino men who were ostensibly ICE’s intended targets.Nowhere, however, have federal agents more aggressively embraced their newfound freedom than in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware, an investigation by Pro Publica and the Inquirer and Daily News found.