Immigrants wait in fear over raids; Trump takes credit

Protestors against deportation and immigration raids close off a section of Aliso Street in downtown L.A. on Feb. 9 2017

While ICE has denied the arrests were part of raids or sweeps as part of a more strict approach to undocumented immigrants, instead calling it routine activity, activists and experts say the events from Thursday were far from normal. Of those arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.

Federal authorities arrested 48 unauthorized immigrants across the Chicago area last week in a series of immigration enforcement raids, officials said.

He said the operation also targeted people who have violated immigration laws.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the operations, conducted in at least a dozen states, were routine and consistent with regular operations carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Roadway checkpoints in North Carolina and Austin were reportedly targeted by the ICE agents and they conducted random checks for IDs.

"Now it seems like anyone could be arrested", said Shiu-Ming Cheer, senior staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center. An ICE spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the agency would be stepping up major raids like the one last week.

"I want to reach out to the immigrant community and reaffirm that we are here for you as we are for anybody else in our community", Chief Manley said.

The agency said that some of the immigrants had ignored deportation orders.

"This number of arrests is not unusual for a week-long operation", she said.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he called ICE's regional deputy director to demand greater transparency about on-going operations and the status of those arrested.

Around 1.4 million people signed up for Obama's amnesty - but Mr Trump is determined to overturn this, pledging a "zero tolerance" policy on illegal aliens during his election campaign. "We know it's going on, we've seen video of it going on, we have families telling us it's going on, explain what's going on, that's what this community deserves", Council Member Garza said.

The raids also come on the heels of a Thursday night decision by the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court to keep a hold on Trump's travel and immigration ban of refugees and the citizens of seven majority Muslim countries.

We believe that those who are in our country illegally and have criminal convictions should be expelled. "But the others may indicate the first edge of a new wave of arrests and deportations".

City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said she expects more "dragnet raids" in NY and that they'll "destabilize communities and devastate families". According to the Washington Post, immigrant advocacy groups have claimed more than 100 people were taken into custody, which activists told the Washington Post exceeds the typical "daily patterns of people being picked up and taken".

"At this point, we're just trying to calm people and provide accurate info", she said.

Salas said one man was at home when there was a knock on his door.

Republican President Donald Trump promised to deport 2 million to 3 million migrants with criminal records on taking office.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Commerce, said she was "outraged" at news of the recent raids and suggested that some people who were targeted had no violent or criminal history.

And that's the number of deportations reached in 2012 under President Obama, the peak year for deportations during his two terms in office, which saw, in all, more deportations than any other administration.

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