ICE has broken their silence on a variety of raids over a several day period that netted 160 persons for deportation in California. No numbers are available yet for the other raids. Initially, it was reported they had conducted raids in Southern California but now ICE says it also conducted raids in Atlanta, Georgia and two other locations which were not identified as well as the California raids.
The Department of Homeland Security announced the raids and described them as routine raids to arrest known criminal aliens. Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Gillian Christensen made the announcement, which is called unprecedented since the agency usually do not comment on operations that are still ongoing. Their hand was forced as social media exploded with news of the California raids.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attested that 160 illegal aliens were arrested in the southern Californian region, including Los Angeles, according to NBC San Diego. The report stated that those with criminal histories and deportation orders were targeted over a five-day sweep.
The Post reported on Friday that federal immigration officials had declined to give numbers for how many arrests had been made. The report stated that “immigration activists” had documented “ICE raids” in at least six states as of Friday.
President pro Tempore of the California State Senate Kevin de Leon, who has defiantly announced the state would oppose President Donald Trump’s plans for the enforcement of immigration law, said in a statement issued Thursday:
There are reports that ICE today executed raids across Southern California. I have asked federal officials to disclose how many children, men, and women they have detained; what the processing time will be; what the rationale is for their detention; and I asked that everyone be offered access to an attorney.
De Leon announced an update on February 1 to his “California Values Act” bill that would effectively make California a sanctuary state.
More raids on criminal illegal aliens and ones with deportation orders can be expected.