US ICE launches new immigration sweeps in LA area; at least 100 detained so far

04:40  15 february  2018
04:40  15 february  2018 Source:   Los Angeles Times

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Federal officials are in the midst of an immigration enforcement operation in the Los Angeles area and have so far detained more than 100 people suspected of being in violation of immigration laws. The sweep , launched on Sunday, is focusing on "individuals who pose a threat to national security

(Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times). Federal officials are in the midst of an immigration enforcement operation in the Los Angeles area and have so far detained more than 100 people suspected of being in violation of immigration laws. The sweep , launched on Sunday

An unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officer reviews forms required to issue a detainer asking local law enforcement to hold someone until ICE agents can pick the person up, at the the Pacific Enforcement Response Center in Laguna Niguel, Calif., on April 26, 2017.© Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS An unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officer reviews forms required to issue a detainer asking local law enforcement to hold someone until ICE agents can pick the person up, at the the Pacific Enforcement Response Center in Laguna Niguel, Calif., on April 26, 2017.

LOS ANGELES - Federal officials are in the midst of an immigration enforcement operation in the Los Angeles area and have so far detained more than 100 people suspected of being in violation of immigration laws.

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The sweep, launched on Sunday, is focusing on "individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security," Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez said.

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UPDATE, February 12, 2017: ICE has confirmed arrests of nearly 40 people in New York area . # Immigrant rights activists in # LA have been chanting for hours—but still going after reports of 50- 100 immigrants detained in #raids today pic.twitter.com/z1fqOrqlaI.

U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least a ICE agents in the Los Angeles area Thursday swept a number of individuals into custody over the course of an hour, seizing them from their homes and on their way to work in daytime operations, activists said.

"This means that, ideally, we are working with local police and county jails to identify public safety threats in their custody, who are also in the country illegally, for deportation," Rodriguez said in a written statement.

However, "uncooperative jurisdictions" like Los Angeles have forced ICE agents to "conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at greater risk and increasing the incidence of collateral arrests.

"That is what ICE is now doing in Los Angeles, and what ICE will continue to do in uncooperative jurisdictions," Rodriguez stated.

The Los Angeles Police Department and many other California law enforcement agencies have said they will not cooperate with ICE on sweeps. The LAPD has long had a policy that prevents officers from asking people about their immigration status, rules designed to encourage those here illegally to cooperate with law enforcement in criminal investigations.

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Civil rights groups said Thursday they had been alerted by “credible sources,” including attorneys, that immigration “ sweeps ” are taking place in the greater Los Angeles area . “( ICE is) refusing to list how many were detained today or provide names,” he wrote.

Rodriguez said the agency would not release any further information about the ongoing sweep until it came to a close. She wouldn't say when that would be. The operation is taking place in the agency's Los Angeles area of responsibility, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Trump administration officials have warned in recent months that ICE might target California for more immigration raids, citing the states' efforts to create "sanctuary" protection for those here illegally. ICE has not said whether the L.A. raids were part of a larger California crackdown.

The operation comes at a time when President Donald Trump has pushed for a sweeping crackdown on the estimated 11 million people living in the country without authorization. He and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions contend that agencies should give immigration agents limitless access to jails and delay releasing immigrants from custody so that agents can detain them.

Local law enforcement officials in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities have ignored demands and instead passed laws or enacted policies that restrict what authorities can do for immigration agents. Some conservative communities have also resisted holding on to inmates for ICE out of fear that doing so is illegal.

In response, Sessions has lashed out against cities deemed to be uncooperative and threatened to withhold funding - a move that courts have found to be unconstitutional.

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