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ICE in Austin Friday: What We Know

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Protestors against deportation and immigration raids close off a section of Aliso Street in downtown L.A. on Feb. 9 2017

Of the more than 680 arrests conducted by the Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City ICE offices, which include Southern and Midwestern states in their jurisdictions, roughly 75% were "criminal aliens", Kelly said.

Austin City Councilman Gregorio Casar said Friday that his office has confirmed "a large amount of Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions in Austin in the last 24 hours, particularly in the North Lamar and Rundberg area".

A Jamaican citizen and a Mexican citizen who were arrested in NY both have criminal convictions for first degree assault of a victim under the age of 11, according to ICE. That sets the stage for what could be a much wider-ranging routine of targeting undocumented immigrants for arrest.

However, ICE, which as a matter of course does not comment on upcoming or future operations, has described the law enforcement action as "routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE's Fugitive Operations Teams on a daily basis".

He said the operation also targeted people who have violated immigration laws.

"ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years", DHS said.

"The rash of recent reports about purported ICE checkpoints and random sweeps are false, unsafe and irresponsible", ICE officials said in a statement.

As reports of immigrant arrests in Texas and around the country mounted over the weekend, questions about their context got markedly different explanations from federal officials and immigrant rights activists. Another person can broadcast the information of a potential raid.

"The first word that jumps for me is fear", Garcia said.

"They don't check in with us, they don't have to check in with us", Chief Manley said.

"We're getting them out, and that's what I said I would do", Trump said in a press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, referring to "hardened criminals" arrested by ICE. Of those, five had prior deportation orders.

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It remains unclear exactly how many people ICE has arrested in the city in the past week, but ICE said Monday that it had arrested almost 100 people in both Carolinas.

Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, said 100 people were detained, 60 of them Mexican nationals.

Casar continued in his statement saying, "ICE is out in public arresting people in order to retaliate against our community for standing up for our values against people like Abbott and Trump".

"Our community has seen an increase of ICE activity where we have heard ICE agents are going to people's homes and detaining people", Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream, said, according to NBCNews.

This social media panic, immigrant rights organizers say, speaks to the fear that immigrant communities are experiencing as President Donald Trump threatens to cut federal grants for so-called "sanctuary cities" protecting immigrants.

Some of the people arrested will face criminal prosecution by the US attorney's office for illegal re-entry after deportation, ICE officials said.

City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said she expects more "dragnet raids" in NY and that they'll "destabilize communities and devastate families". Dianne Feinstein said in a statement without supporting her claims.

"I'm hoping that that's the response that people will ultimately provide".

"A lot of things have changed since January 20", says CHIRLA's Salas. He said the LAPD would not cooperate in enforcing federal immigration actions, adding that the department is keeping channels open with immigrant community organizers during the tense times.

While there were two arrests last week, "we're going to be on Staten Island again, we're not going to stop going", Mechkowski said.

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