Reports of ICE action spur protest, statements

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Earlier Friday, an ICE spokeswoman told Mother Jonesthat "enforcement surges have been part of our operational play book for many years".

TriMet on Twitter says "There's a rumor going around spreading quickly about TriMet, our fare enforcers and ICE".

Cox did say that roughly a third of the total number of arrests made in the last week happened in SC. Tony Cardenás said in a statement released Thursday night. He added that a majority of those arrested in the three states have prior criminal convictions. "Our community is concerned and they really do feel terrorized".

US immigration authorities launched a series of raids, traffic stops and checkpoints in at least half a dozen states across the country on Thursday and Friday, sweeping up an unknown number of undocumented immigrants, immigration lawyers and advocates said.

"I am working with my constituents and the immigrant community to ensure they know their rights", she said.

"From what we can tell, a lot of these (detained) people had old deportation orders and that's why they were already in the system", Deverall said.

Navarrete says she talked to a man in custody who was arrested in Van Nuys.

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In a separate incident coming in that city, an ICE officer was briefly hospitalized after being injured during the arrest of a man during a traffic stop. "He was very scared".

By late Thursday, activists and immigration attorneys were still trying to figure out the extent of the raids, as well as who they had targeted. "Determinations about where and how ICE enforcement personnel affect both administrative and criminal arrests are made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all aspects of the situation, including the prospective target's criminal history; and safety considerations". "To that end, ICE's routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing". ICE does not use the term raids.

George Kanuck, co-chairman of Lowcountry Immigration Coalition, said arrests by ICE are nothing new in Beaufort County.

But some local and state lawmakers, in California and elsewhere, confirmed reports from immigrant-rights groups about expanded operations by immigration authorities, putting a spotlight on enforcement in the wake of a Trump executive action that lifted numerous Obama-era restrictions on who agents should and shouldn't target. The order also expanded the language about who is considered a criminal.

Action North Carolina and other community members held a press conference Friday morning expressing concern that immigrants, not just those that are here illegally, are living in fear.

"Shut down ICE", they shouted.

The alarming raids came the same day a mother of two who has lived in the US for over 20 years was deported from Arizona to Mexico, despite protests from her community and pleas from her children. "Clients who are here legally but afraid to leave the U.S.to go home in fear they won't get back in".

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