Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are calling the arrest of 161 people during a five-day raid in Southern California routine, but that did not stop protesters from taking to the streets.
David Marin, director of Enforcement and Removal Operations for ICE in Los Angeles, said approximately 75 percent of those arrested have a criminal history, while others were detained as the arrests were taking place because they were undocumented, according to Fox News.
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ICE: 161 people arrested in raids; 75 percent had prior felony convictions. pic.twitter.com/0COH8w8UeG
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 11, 2017
Marin said the prior felony convictions included “sex offenses, assault, robbery and weapons violations,” The Los Angeles Times reported.
ICE says L.A. immigration arrests were planned long in advance, not tied to new crackdown https://t.co/39WpEYFN60
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 11, 2017
They were targeted for removal in raids planned before Trump took office and Marin said they would have been enforcement priorities under the Obama administration.
A similar operation took place last summer, with 112 people arrested, according to The Times.
Marin called out the media for “dangerous and irresponsible” reports that are creating panic.
“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,” he said. “Reports like that create panic, and they put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger.”
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President Donald Trump more or less confirmed the criminal background of those arrested, taking to Twitter early Sunday to say “the crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise.”
But this did not stop the open border left from taking to the streets around the country to protest the actions.
Here’s a sampling of images from Twitter:
Huge protest outside the white house against the ICE raids #NoBanNoWallNoRaids pic.twitter.com/ohiHcQXQRf
— Erica Sackin (@ericajanes) February 11, 2017
No hate no fear immigrants are welcome here. East #Baltimore ICE protest. #nobannowall #allarewelcome #sanctuarystreets pic.twitter.com/w2mhFMOJ8E
— 》Graham Projects ≡ ➢ (@grahamprojects) February 12, 2017
Protests Erupt in Los Angeles After Reports of ICE Home Raids #ICERaids https://t.co/YznPPACiQc pic.twitter.com/HbE3fdJ9Q2
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) February 10, 2017
Another ICE protest happening near Rundberg & Lamar @KVUE pic.twitter.com/87TtXX64dq
— Erin Jones (@erinjonesnews) February 11, 2017
HAPPENING NOW: immigrants & allies rallying in front of ICE to protest the attack on our communities #ni1mas #not1more that pic.twitter.com/b4x8rs7YG0
— New York Communities for Change (@nychange) February 10, 2017
Hundreds converge on U.S. Immigrations in NYC to protest ICE raids and Trump's anti-immigration policies. pic.twitter.com/WhSrzqxsf1
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) February 11, 2017
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