Immigration Sweeps Around Southern California Round Up Residents At Thier Homes

Teresa Velazquez

While Obama's actions were more focused, critics say, the executive order Donald Trump signed his first week will expand that focus to include almost all undocumented immigrants, including those only suspected of a safety threat or crime.

In an official statement released Monday, Kelly noted that of the 680 arrested in the operations -which took place in the areas of Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, San Antonio and New York City -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".

But immigrant rights advocates say there has been a clear uptick in enforcement activities, and that President Donald Trump is following through on new deportation standards that put almost every undocumented immigrant at greater risk. In a statement, the agency said "officers frequently encounter additional suspects who may be in the United States in violation of the federal immigration laws".

"If you have any specific names you'd like me to check I'd be happy to do so, but I can not proactively give you a person's name or personal information", Cox said in an email.

The Obama administration, for its part, faced criticism from all sides on immigration issues.

Joanne Stratton Tate, who heads the Charlotte Bilingual School, said the school is feeling the effects of the growing fear in the immigrant community.

Activists in Los Angeles have staged protests and are broadcasting "Know Your Rights" public service announcements over the radio in immigrant neighbourhoods.

Information is that the Jamaican immigrant was among 41 persons nabbed in New York City.

On Monday, the president referenced his pledge to crack down on unauthorized immigration. The agency did not specify its reasoning for a handful of immigrants other than that they were in the country illegally.

And we agreed with then-President Barack Obama's November 2014 directive to deport immigrants who are here illegally and who pose a danger to our society and who have criminal convictions.

One million of those who signed up for the temporary amnesty are from Mexico, and over half live in Texas or California.

Local immigration attorneys say they're getting more calls from immigrants anxious about their legal status.

On Sunday, the Daily News reported that churches and restaurants catering to immigrant New Yorkers were notably empty amid growing fear about a surge in immigration raids.

"These are agents going into apartment buildings or agents going to work sites", said Ms. Volpe, who had a client arrested, along with five others, at a construction site in Washington last week.

During a press conference Friday afternoon, Chief Manley elaborated and said that ICE has full jurisdiction over Austin and is not required to inform APD of their operations.

Last week, Austin lawyers said ICE officials would only be looking for anyone with an outstanding order of deportation or a warrant for arrest.

"The Administration should take a just, 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".

David Martin, ICE's field director in the Los Angeles area, denied the raids were as a direct result of Mr Trump's instructions. He says the California operation was in the planning stages "before the administration came out with their current executive orders".

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