Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Federal Immigration Authorities Launch Raids Across The Country

Federal Immigration Authorities Launch Raids Across The Country

Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to the scene, telling protesters to disperse "or you will be arrested".

Word of the raids quickly circulated among immigrants, activists and on social media, creating such widespread panic in immigrant communities that a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said the department had chose to take the unprecedented step of confirming some details of the raids while the raids were ongoing. "We had memos that laid it out that said felons, people with significant misdemeanors, recent immigration violations".

In an uncharacteristic statement on an ongoing operations, ICE called the allegations by immigration advocates are "false, dangerous, and irresponsible".

"And these are constituents of mine who have no criminal records - nothing".

It was one arrest among raids in six states, as reported by the Washington Post, but Austin Police couldn't confirm heightened activity.

Austin City Councilman Gregorio Casar wrote in a Facebook post on Friday, "ICE is out in public arresting people in order to retaliate against our community for standing up for our values against people like".

"They're stopping people. They told my daughter when they got them, 'well we had a warrant for him, '" said Teresa Velazquez, mother of Angel Velazquez. He called the disconnect between information released to the public by the immigration authorities and the reality of their movements "deeply troubling". Fischer meanwhile says it's extremely important right now that undocumented communities (and their allies) focus their energy on understanding their rights for when - or if - an ICE raid occurs, instead of clinging to unverified claims or rumors of looming "raids".

"This is not normal", Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), told a press conference February 10.

Cox did say that roughly a third of the total number of arrests made in the last week happened in SC.

One of those arrested was the father of Marlene Mosqueda.

An ICE official says the department conducts operations daily across the country, but does not conduct random sweeps.

But Irasema Fonseca, a UA junior who has interned for the resource center and spoke out in favor of sanctuary campus designations at the regents meeting, said she doesn't agree that enough is being done for the immigrant community on the UA campus.

Gonzales Gutierrez said ICE officials informed the consulate that they "are looking for specific persons that... have to be detained because they have failed to honor a deportation order or because they have a DWI-related warrant or because of domestic violence".

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is requesting a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officials over recent raids on undocumented immigrants.

Rights groups scoff at this, saying it feels like a return to the days when any undocumented immigrant was liable to be swept up and deported at any time.

Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.), John Conyers (Mich.), Luis GutierrezLuis GutierrezCongressional Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with ICE officials after raids Dems: Wall is "opposite of what America stands for" Dem boycotts of inauguration grow MORE (Ill.) and Judy Chu (Calif.) also signed the letter calling for a meeting by Wednesday. "I will continue to monitor this situation".

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