dglobalnews.com Protesters hit streets after claims of stepped-up immigration raids
Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Protesters hit streets after claims of stepped-up immigration raids

Protesters hit streets after claims of stepped-up immigration raids

The group held a vigil at the downtown office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. on Alameda Street.

About one-third of the ICE raid arrests this week took place in SC, according to local news outlet the State.

In a separate incident coming in that city, an ICE officer was briefly hospitalized after being injured during the arrest of a man during a traffic stop.

He continued, "ICE actions like these are beyond reprehensible". On Jan. 23, the agency was holding 149 suspects at the jail. If true, this would mark a departure from the Obama administration.

Hundreds gathered at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan Friday evening to denounce the arrests and deportations.

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León, D-Los Angeles, took to Twitter to speak out against ICE's actions.

The ICE operations were the first to take place since President Donald Trump issued an executive order on January 26 expanding the priorities for enforcement.

But local law enforcement officials say the order won't affect how they do business and shouldn't affect their relationships with the immigrant community.

He won anyway. Now I am puzzled by those who have an issue with Trump taking action against sanctuary cities and making it more hard for people to cross our southern border illegally. If immigration enforcement officials want to enter campus, they can get a warrant to do so. Still, more than 2 million people were deported under Obama, leading some critics to label him "Deporter in Chief".

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A mother of two teens who left Mexico when she was 14 and entered the US illegally was deported earlier this week.

Those incidents came a day after Arizona mother Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, who had turned up to an ICE facility for a routine check-in, was suddenly taken into custody by authorities.

Garcia de Rayos was arrested almost a decade ago for using a false ID to get a job as a janitor at an amusement park. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti asked ICE on Friday for "greater transparency about ongoing operations" within the city.

On Wednesday, she showed up at the ICE building in Phoenix for a scheduled check-in with immigration officers and was swiftly deported to Mexico.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, however, has downplayed the number of people arrested and said that arrests were not part of Trump's approach to deportations, but rather part of routine ICE activities. "And so there [are] a few of our nationals that were caught up because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Rather, the agency said, the L.A. action was part of regular surge operations and planning began before the executive order was issued.

However, federal agents have been carrying out raids in the metropolitan Atlanta area since before Trump's inauguration, so it was not clear if this week's raids there were a result of Trump's recent executive order on immigration.

A Salvadoran gang member wanted in his country and a Brazilian drug trafficker were among those arrested. An ICE statement described reports of immigration checkpoints and "random sweeps" as "false" and "irresponsible". "We have responded to raids in the past and this is what sweeps... large numbers of people picked up in a very short period of time, look like".

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