U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) aimed their focus on Southern California with raids that began on Feb. 11, and resulted in the detainment of more than 100 undocumented immigrants, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Los Angeles City Council’s Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee voted in December to make LA a “sanctuary city.” However, that designation couldn’t protect undocumented immigrants from federal authorities.
LA has measures that limit the amount of cooperation local law enforcement has with federal immigration authorities. This is why LA is considered to be an uncooperative jurisdiction. LA city officials want immigrant communities to know that they support them.
ICE spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez told the Daily News that they are still targeting roughly 400 people in seven Southern California counties. Some of the areas that are being targeted include Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.
According to LA Daily News, immigration officials confirmed that they will “no longer be following a priority criteria for arrests.” This means that they aren’t just going after criminals but anyone that has violated immigration laws.
“Angelenos should not have to fear raids that bring unnecessary anxiety to our homes, schools, and workplaces and everyone is safer when our neighbors trust the officers who dedicate themselves to protecting and serving the people of this city,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in an email statement. “That’s why the LAPD will never act as an arm of federal immigration enforcement and it’s why the Administration should focus on people who have committed serious crimes or pose a threat to national security, and take a humane, and sensible approach that does not cause pain for people who only want to live their lives and raise their families in the communities they call home.”