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Federal Agents Conduct 'Routine?' Immigration Enforcement, Generated Panic In Six States

Federal Agents Conduct 'Routine?' Immigration Enforcement, Generated Panic In Six States

ICE declined to provide the names and locations of those who were detained in the raids, nor would the agency say how numerous 680 people had committed serious crimes.

In Wisconsin and across the country, protests have broken out in opposition to the detention of immigrants and President Donald Trump's executive orders.

WNYC asked ICE to put those 40 arrests in context.

Some had ignored final orders of deportation, according to ICE, the agency responsible for immigrant arrests and deportations.

USA immigration authorities conducted a series of raids last week in at least six states and arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants but a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, apparently said that the activities conducted were just part of "routine" immigration enforcement actions and not raids.

Rights groups said that the raids were not business as usual and were more sweeping than operations conducted by the Obama administration.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that the answer to that question remains "unclear", citing what appear to be conflicting statements from Trump and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the law enforcement agency that operates under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security.

Southland immigration activists responded angrily to news of last week's raids, saying they feared the operations were the first step in Trump's vow to carry out mass deportations of people living in the country illegally.

Among them 161 arrests were made in Los Angeles and some 200 in Atlanta, said local media reports.

In Georgia, North Carolina and SC 190 immigrants were arrested, 127 of whom were convicted criminals. "The majority of them were felons and those felons which had prior convictions included sex offenses, domestic violence, assault, robbery and weapons violations, just to name a few", said Marin in a press teleconference held late Friday.

ICE said in a statement on Monday that the operations targeted immigrants in the Midwest, Los Angeles, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and San Antonio.

"But this year we have taken new and greater steps to remove criminal aliens from our communities" Miller said.

A spokesperson for Homeland Security said ICE does not conduct raids that target aliens indiscriminately. "Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!" he tweeted. The Obama administration also had a policy of deporting criminal aliens, and President Obama earned the angry sobriquet "deporter in chief" from immigration advocates for record deportations during his tenure. 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.


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