95 Detained in L.A. County
The Dept. of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released details about the weeklong raid which took place, resulting in detainment of 161 people in Southern California. According to ICE, 95 people were arrested in Los Angeles County, 35 in Orange County, 13 in San Bernardino County, seven in Riverside County, six in Ventura County and five in Santa Barbara County.
Similar operations were conducted across the country, with more than 680 people arrested, according to federal authorities. The Department of Homeland Security followed Trump’s directive to remove immigrants who are here illegally and who pose a threat to public safety.
Mass deportation efforts have sparked fears among those living in the U.S. illegally. Although the raids by federal authorities are said to be aimed at criminals and those who violated immigration laws, not everyone detained fits those categories, some say.
“I am working with my constituents and the immigrant community to ensure they know their rights,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Commerce, said. “As this process moves forward, I will also ensure my constituents know what the next steps are, where applicable.”
American employers and landlords are feeling the effects of the raids. A local contractor who used to hire day laborers looking for work in front of Home Depot said men, fearing deportation, no longer congregate there. An apartment manager said two of his tenants moved suddenly, and their cell phones have been disconnected.
The bulk of those arrested were from Mexico. Others come from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, China, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Honduras, Belize, Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Israel and South Korea.
Affected immigrants are encouraged to call the toll-free hotline of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles at (888) 624-4752 for assistance and access to attorneys.