US Immigration Agents Arrest Illegal Immigrants in Four States in ‘Routine’ Enforcement Roundups

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least four US states this week were arrested in what authorities on Friday called routine enforcement operations.

Such immigration sweeps sparked concern among immigration advocates and families, coming on the heels of President Donald J. Trump’s executive order that bars refugees and citizens from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

That order is currently on hold.

The enforcement actions took place in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and surrounding areas, said David Marin, director of enforcement and removal for the Los Angeles field office of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency did not release a total number of detainees.

The 161 arrests in the Los Angeles area were made in a region that included seven highly populated counties, Marin said.

Marin called the five-day operation an “enforcement surge.”

‘The fear coursing through immigrant homes and the native-born Americans who love immigrants as friends and family is palpable,’ Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said in a statement.

The agency called it an ‘enforcement surge’ that was no different than enforcement actions carried out in the past and said a ‘rash of recent reports about purported ICE checkpoints and random sweeps are false, dangerous, and irresponsible.’