US agents conduct first Trump-era raids targeting undocumented migrants

CHIRLA officials contended as many as 100 immigrants were detained by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

This has activists concerned about whether non-criminals are going to be targeted buy the Trump Administration, especially in light of the president's recent executive order on cracking down on illegal immigrants living here.

"We wanted to stand up and be out there in case something like the raids started happening within the communities and start targeting undocumented immigrants at churches", said Robert Sagastume, executive director of the Kansas-Missouri Dream Alliance. Officials said that they targeted those who were known to have criminal records, though they also arrested some who were not criminals.

An official at the Department of Homeland Security told WUSA9 the enforcement actions this week, which have drawn large protests in Los Angeles, and significant attention elsewhere, are not out of the ordinary, but may be getting increased attention because of the Trump administration's immigration policy. "To that end, ICE's routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing".

Reportedly, a video circulating on the social media shows how ICE agents detained people in the parking lot of the Austin Shopping mall.

In LA, the ICE carried out a five day operation which it said went after criminals.

The group that first sounded the alarm, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, doubled down on its account Friday, saying the arrests portend a new reality under Trump for immigrants in the USA illegally. Many local police departments, including the Los Angeles Police Department, have promised not to assist ICE with immigration detentions and deportations.

"These reports create panic and put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger", the agency said in a written statement.

Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged to take action on a host of issues, as all candidates tend to do when running for election.

Bryan Cox, a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), did not confirm any specific operations but said operations are routine. Her criminal record dates back to 2009 when she was convicted of felony identity theft following her arrest in a sweep at her workplace done by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, BuzzFeed reported.

An immigration raid across took place the nation as President Trump considers signing a new executive order on immigration specifically focused on extreme vetting.

He compared the raids to operations during the Obama administration, for instance when more than 200 were arrested over four days in 2015, and more than 100 over four days past year.

  • Arturo Norris