ICE Confirms Increased Enforcement Activity In Northern Virginia

Posted February 12, 2017

Immigrants' rights advocates caught wind of the raids yesterday, immediately tying them to President Trump's vow to deport millions of undocumented newcomers.

"Every day, as part of routine targeted enforcement operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fugitive Operations teams arrest criminal aliens and other individuals who are in violation of our nation's immigration laws", Cox said in a statement.

According to ICE, however, the operations were "routine".

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took Pedro Flores-Valdivia, an unlawfully present Mexican national, into ICE custody February 9, near his residence in Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Flores-Valdivia is an ICE priority due to an August 1994 felony conviction for forgery and five separate convictions for DUI".

Demonstrators hit the streets of Los Angeles to protest against reported raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials which allegedly led to more than 100 people being detained.

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When the reports spread over social media, they sparked reactions from Californians, including Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, who sent a tweet advising people to know their rights.

Federal immigration officials declined Friday to say how many people had been detained in the recent raids. During the operation carried out under the Obama Administration, more than 2,000 criminal aliens were rounded up for deportation in the five-day Operation Cross Check.

The dramatic deportation of an Arizona mother Wednesday night set off a chain reaction among immigration advocates who are wary of a new executive order from President Donald Trump that widens the priorities for deporting unauthorized immigrants.

Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff said that a Los Angeles-based ICE official relayed on a conference call that the raids marked an "enforcement surge", but continued to emphasize that they were not atypical.

Central Texas was prominently featured in several national news stories with unconfirmed reports of immigrant raids, vehicle checkpoints and random ID checks.

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In the executive order titled "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements", section 10 of the order states the executive branch empowers "state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to perform the functions of an immigration officer in the interior of the United States to the maximum extent permitted by law".

Protesters converge on the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles during a rally against immigration arrests on February 9, 2017.

"ICE is showing up at people's homes, showing up at places of businesses".

Marlene Mosqueda, left, who's father was arrested by ICE agents early Friday morning, talks at a news conference with her Attorney Karla Navarrette at The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) on February 10, 2017.

A study by the Pew Research Center estimates that 11.1 million undocumented immigrants live in the USA - or 3.5 percent of the population.

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"This is the kind of situation we feared would happen, and here it is", said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). Authorities had not previously expelled her for practical reasons, however, as she posed little threat. She said arrests have been reported in other parts of the state as well, including Savannah and Cordele.