ICE Claims L.A. Immigration Arrests Are Routine
By: Vanessa Torres
Southern California is home to nearly 1.4 million immigrants living without proper documentation, according to the Pew Research Center. In recent weeks there has been an increase in ICE raids across counties in Southern California.
ICE claims that the recent raids were routine and unrelated to the newly elected president and his administration. President Trump has promised the deportation of undocumented immigrants in the United States; however, ICE officials have stated that these actions were planned weeks before Trump took office and similar raids took place under Obama’s administration. Roughly 75% of the people recently arrested in Southern California had prior felony convictions, while the rest were “swept up because they were found to be undocumented while other arrests were being carried out” an ICE official admitted.
“The rash of these recent reports about ICE checkpoints and random sweeps and the like, it’s all false, and that’s definitely dangerous and irresponsible…Reports like that create panic, and they put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger.” an ICE official stated. These incidents have sparked fear, anger and frustration within immigrant communities. Some politicians have begun demanding answers from federal authorities about the unwarranted arrests. Meanwhile, several law enforcement agencies have vowed to resist the mass deportations Trump and his supporters have promised.