Protesters took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles in response to deportation roundups conducted this week by ICE. The arrests have only stoked the flames of growing fears that President Trump’s immigration policies will lead to more aggressive raids of undocumented immigrants. There are conflicting statements about the number of people that have been detained in southern California, but the fear is real.
A series of arrests by ICE involving undocumented immigrants has many in Southern California on edge.
— Saul Gonzalez (@SaulKCRW) February 10, 2017
According to Los Angeles Times, the arrests of undocumented immigrants with no previous criminal record have only further exacerbated fears about Trump’s promised crackdown on undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) told the L.A. Times they believe at least 100 undocumented immigrants were arrested.
— California Endowment (@CalEndow) February 10, 2017
“They say it’s routine, but we don’t believe it was a routine operation,” Angelica Salas, the executive director of CHIRLA, told the Los Angeles Times.
But Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials dispute CHIRLA’s claim.
— Sarah Palacios (@snpalacios) February 10, 2017
“Our operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities. Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions,” Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the L.A. Times. “To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing and we make arrests every day.”
According to the L.A. Times, the Los Angeles Police Department says it is not assisting in these arrests.
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Rather, LAPD claims that they are standing by their commitment to work with the undocumented community, which Pew Research Center estimates to be 1,000,000 in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metropolitan area.
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