Advocate groups claim more than 100 people in Los Angeles have been taken into custody by federal immigration officials.
The kerfuffle began 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
Police and immigration officials deny a “raid,” citing it was a “coordinated sweep” and detentions were part of “routine enforcement” activities.
The areas hardest hit include Van Nuys, San Bernardino, Downey, Santa Paula and Oxnard thus leading to the question: has Donald Trump’s promise to crack down on deportation begun through his Jan. 25 executive order?
Is this the beginning of mass deportations?
President Donald Trump’s executive order stated he would be cracking down on undocumented immigrants convicted of criminal offenses. Immigration attorneys responded cited examples of detainees who were not violent offenders. One detainee wasn’t convicted of a crime, and another individual had received a speeding violation.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California tweeted “URGENT: ICE conducted multiple raids of homes across the city.”
Protests erupted in the streets of downtown Los Angeles.