5 immigrants from Mexico in Staten Island arrested in ICE raids

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

The Trump administration has pledged to arrest almost 3 million immigrants who are undocumented and have a criminal record.

One man was arrested in Hudson, in upstate Columbia County, according to advocates.

Whitney said he had heard the reports but was not aware of any ICE activity in Oxnard over the past week.

Earlier this week, Kelly told Congress that under the Obama administration, immigration agents expressed frustration that they were not able to do their jobs and morale was low.

Hundreds gathered at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan Friday evening to denounce the arrests and deportations.

Similar protests broke out in Los Angeles, Austin and Phoenix.

It's not known how many people were rounded up across the country, but immigration advocates say they've received reports of raids in California, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, New York and Kansas.

This executive order gave U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) broader discretion to arrest undocumented immigrants. Still, more than 2 million people were deported under Obama, leading some critics to label him "Deporter in Chief".

Austin police say that an immigration officer initiated the stop and when the driver did not cooperate the officer called for assistance.

A mother of two teens who left Mexico when she was 14 and entered the USA illegally was deported earlier this week.

For hours into the night on Wednesday, protesters blocked ICE agents as they transported Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, a Phoenix mother who had reportedly spent 22 years illegally in the us, in a van en route to Nogales, Mexico.

Garcia de Rayos was arrested almost a decade ago for using a false ID to get a job as a janitor at an amusement park.

"We're going through a really tough time in our communities", he said, "and yes, we're seeing an increase in arrests, but we knew that would happen once President Trump was elected".

Among the detainees, however, were people who did not have criminal records, and could potentially be deported, the Post said.

Media outlets have been reporting statements by community activists that appear to be aimed at instilling fear and false information about the ICE's Operation Crosscheck, a program targeting criminal aliens and those with immigration court removal orders. Of those arrested, about 150 had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses such as child sex crimes, weapons and assault, the agency said.

"This operation was in the planning stages before the administration came out with their current executive orders", Marin said.

Several individuals from the Los Angeles area were reportedly taken into custody within an hour by ICE agents.

The Los Angeles Times reported that authorities arrested more than 160 people in the five-day sweep, most of whom have criminal histories.

A Salvadoran gang member wanted in his country and a Brazilian drug trafficker were among those arrested.

  • Larry Hoffman