On Thursday night in Los Angeles, protesters amassed a demonstration downtown in opposition to supposed heightened immigration raids across Southern California.
Around 100-150 people protested at the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Alameda Street.
Soon after, the large group migrated to the area of Aliso and began blocking traffic on the Los Angeles streets.
According to sources, police were present, but no arrests were made. There were also no reported cases of violence.
ICE released a statement regarding its raids and enforcement, claiming nothing is out of the ordinary:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers conduct enforcement actions every day around the country and here in Southern California as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to uphold public safety and border security. Our operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities.
Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing and we make arrests every day.
Kevin de Leon, California Senate President pro Tempore from Los Angeles, is not buying ICE’s rhetoric.
De Leon released his own statement regarding the apparent boost of additional ICE raids:
There are reports that ICE today executed raids across Southern California. I have asked federal officials to disclose how many children, men, and women they have detained; what the processing time will be; what the rationale is for their detention; and I asked that everyone be offered access to an attorney.
It is now clear the Trump Administration is not concerned with public safety, they are only focused on ripping hard-working men, women, and children from their families and communities. Mass deportations will not make us safer, instead they will simply undermine our state’s economy.
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