Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a statement Friday in light of the raids, saying he told the Deputy Director of ICE's Los Angeles Field Office that he wanted greater transparency about ongoing operations.
The Los Angeles Times reported that authorities arrested more than 160 people in the five-day sweep, most of whom have criminal histories. "Those persons will be evaluated on a case by case basis and, when appropriate, arrested by ICE".
In this photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officers detain a suspect as they conduct a targeted enforcement operation in Los Angeles on February 7, 2017.
For hours into the night on Wednesday, protesters blocked ICE agents as they transported Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, a Phoenix mother who had reportedly spent 22 years illegally in the us, in a van en route to Nogales, Mexico. He said his office is preparing an announcement detailing any charges and the number of local arrests to be released on Monday.
"I find it particularly galling that after misleading the media yesterday, ICE would today lecture the public about the dangers of 'false reporting, '" state Sen.
California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León, D-Los Angeles, took to Twitter to speak out against ICE's actions. "There's many reasons why ICE is looking for them", Gonzales Gutierrez said. It was the uncertainty, the publicity of the raids and the high tensions raised by public comments on immigration by Trump administration officials that had Democrats asking for more information.
The immigration enforcement agency said that the "enforcement surge" was routine.
There were anecdotal reports of ICE staging traffic checkpoints and random sweeps of people suspected of being here illegally. He said most of the 200 people were convicted criminals.
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The arrests came after Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly testified before Congress this week that the department was frustrated with the Obama administration's lenient policy toward undocumented immigrants who committed no serious crimes.
Protests broke out in Phoenix this week over the deportation of a mother who had lived in the US for 21 years and was arrested during a routine meeting with ICE on Wednesday.
In a Jan 25 decree, Trump prioritised the deportation of undocumented males who had been convicted of or "charged with any criminal offence", including misdemeanors. She said another lawyer filed federal court papers to halt his removal.
"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).
Undocumented migrants with repeated drunk driving convictions were also targeted.
The order was a move to make good on his campaign pledge to crack down on America's undocumented population, estimated at 11 million people.
ICE spokespeople told media the Los Angeles arrests were routine operations targeting risky individuals, and that the deported woman had no legal basis to be in the US.
"Angelenos should not have to fear raids that are disruptive to their peace of mind and bring unnecessary anxiety to our homes, schools, and workplaces", Garcetti said. The statement even suggests people walk away from agents, calmly, if they're not being detained or arrested.