ICE: Immigration raids not carried out in Plant City

Protestors against deportation and immigration raids close off a section of Aliso Street in downtown L.A. on Feb. 9 2017

USA immigration officials arrested an MS-13 gang member, a cocaine trafficker, and a child molester during a series of raids in at least six states last week.

"I said in the beginning, we are going to get the bad ones", Trump said. Ms de Rayos, who was convicted in 2008 for using a fake social security number, was arrested when she attended a routine check-in with immigration services in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday. "As it is part of a criminal investigation pending federal prosecution, we can not release further details".

In a statement, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the operations targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal records, as well as people re-entered the country illegally or who had been ordered deported by a judge.

Kelly said the "criminal aliens" committed crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, drug trafficking, sexual crimes, assault, DUI and weapons offenses.

On Jan. 25, Trump signed the Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States executive order bringing back the Secure Communities Program, which from 2008 to 2014 drew a great deal of criticism, lawsuits, and became a symbol for hostility toward ICE and other agencies enforcing immigration laws. Of the 41 people arrested in NY city and surrounding areas, 93% had criminal convictions, while 45% of the 51 people arrested in the San Antonio, Texas area did.

The arrests were carried out by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, which had endorsed Trump during the presidential campaign.

Joseph Villela, the director of policy at the immigrant rights group CHIRLA, told NPR on Sunday night that his organization had reports of people being arrested in the raids who would not have been prioritized for deportation before.

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Lagarette, a Mexican citizen working construction in Atlanta said he and other people in the community are laying low following the raids.

Word that arrests were underway fueled anxiety among immigrants that the Trump administration was launching a tough new crackdown.

ICE officials said of the 28 arrested, 16 had criminal convictions. "Those with no convictions are being picked up, most are for minor crimes".

Around the US, more raids included the arrests of about 200 people in the Carolinas and Georgia, more than 150 in and around Los Angeles, and about 40 in New York, Ice confirmed.

The arrests have sparked outrage, but Homeland Security said these were routine searches.

Western region ICE officials said that 161 immigrants were detained in the Los Angeles area across six counties.

"Undocumented immigrants live in fear, and they are confused and scared", Schumer said.

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