Agents from the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency arrested an unknown number of people at a large apartment complex in Annandale, and at at least one other location in Alexandria this week, immigration activists say, as part of what appears to be stepped up enforcement actions around the country.
Federal immigration agents raided homes and workplaces in a day time operation in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, the Los Angeles area, North Carolina and South Carolinathis week and arrested immigrants, The Washington Post reported.
Cox did say that roughly a third of the total number of arrests made in the last week happened in SC.
In this photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officers detain a suspect as they conduct a targeted enforcement operation in Los Angeles on February 7, 2017.
News reports indicate ICE agents have arrested hundreds of criminal aliens over the past few days under this operation.
Councilman Casar said he met with an undocumented woman, a single mother who was visited at her home by ICE officials on Friday but who was not arrested.
The federal agency did release some information today. Fischer stressed this is no time for speculative alarm - something that's become a social media mainstay.
President pro Tempore of the California State Senate Kevin de Leon also challenged the motivation of the operation and those being targeted for arrest.
In Austin, a liberal enclave with a brand new "sanctuary" policy at the local jail, Gonzalez Gutierrez said the raid was the most extensive he'd seen since he arrived in the Texas capital nearly two years ago.
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Activists and Democratic politicians voiced concern over the raids.
But immigrant rights groups say the actions are harsher than in the past.
"Reports of ICE checkpoints and sweeps are false, risky and irresponsible", ICE officials wrote in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. "I am asking ICE to clarify whether these individuals are in fact unsafe, violent threats to our communities, and not people who are here peacefully raising families and contributing to our state", Castro said in a written statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. "He said that regardless of the criminal offense, the individuals" "luck ran out'".
Garcia de Rayos was caught up in Trump's executive order that prioritized deportations of unauthorized immigrants with a criminal background.
"Any person who an immigration officer considers to be posing a threat can be picked up legally by this executive order", she said.
Still, as Trump continues to talk about cracking down on illegal immigration, advocates remain concerned that the new administration could be stepping up enforcement against otherwise peaceful undocumented immigrants. The deportation was widely seen as just the beginning of Trump's xenophobic campaign against peaceful undocumented immigrants. He said a recent executive order by President Donald Trump expanded the powers of immigration officers and who they can deport. An ICE spokesperson told reporters, "the fact that they coincided is not entirely a coincidence".
"Following school buses? Raiding construction sites?"
"Whenever they find their target, for example in their vehicles, if in that same vehicle there [are] more people who are undocumented or who they presume are undocumented, then they detain everybody", he said.