Illegals in the Los Angeles area are running scared as a rumor that immigration officials have arrested a hundred people during a raid that covered Van Nuys, San Bernardino, Downey, Santa Paula and Oxnard. ICE has refused to give out the number of illegals who have been arrested.
On February 9th, illegals blocked streets in LA without police interference.
Police and immigration officials denied the “raids” and disputed the claim that the arrests were part of a more stringent approach, saying any detentions were simply part of “routine” enforcement activities. But a flurry of calls regarding arrests spurred immigration attorneys into rapid response efforts, and prompted protests on the streets of downtown Los Angeles.
“We know the daily patterns of people being picked up and taken,” Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “There’s a natural flow of enforcement that happens every day. But this was not normal.”
Salas claims that an ICE employee said this was the new normal and that things had changed on January 20th.
A spokesperson for ICE released a statement to the LA Times:
“Our operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities. Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions. To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing and we make arrests every day.”
Immigration lawyers swear there is something because there are usually only one or two in the detention center and currently there are over one hundred. One possible explanation is that the raids if there were any could have been focused on illegals who have committed crimes and or are part of the MS-13 gang.