At least five people on Staten Island have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents since the beginning of February.
Four of the people arrested have children who are USA citizens, the source said.
More than 160 people were arrested in Southern California alone during the operation.
Five people at the rally were arrested after protests became violent.
State Sen. Tony Mendoza, who represents portions of Los Angeles and Orange counties, issued a news release stating that it was important for Immigration and Customs Enforcement “to publicly address the nature of these raids” that he said took place in Santa Paula, Downey, Van Nuys and San Bernardino.
“This is clearly the first wave of attacks under the Trump administration, and we know this isn’t going to be the only one”.
Immigrant rights activists believe that the Donald Trump administration could step up enforcement against otherwise peaceful undocumented immigrants. These raids have the explicit objective of tearing families apart. Our communities are understandably extremely concerned, but also resilient. “We went from a situation in which there was a very limited focus on deportation to basically deportation on steroids”, says Mo Goldman, an immigration lawyer in Tucson, Arizona. Since Friday, we have been in New York City to contact key African missions with the view of galvanizing the AU’s support and action against the impact that their citizens might encounter as a result of this unwarranted decision.
Trump tweeted, “72% of refugees admitted into USA (2/3-2/11) during COURT BREAKDOWN are from 7 countries: SYRIA, IRAQ, SOMALIA, IRAN, SUDAN, LIBYA & YEMEN”.
The development comes after a federal appeals court upheld the decision of halting President Trump?s executive order to ban immigrants.
For most of last week, immigration enforcement agents carried out routine operations to detain and deport illegal aliens. This heightened fears that more deportations will be happening.
ICE spokesman James Schwab said the agency had not launched any large-scale operations this week in the Sacramento region or Northern California.
“These are existing, established fugitive operations teams”.
An Oregon family is still trying to come to terms after their loved one was pick up by ice officials as part of federal raids across the nation. “This level of ICE activity in the community is absolutely unprecedented”, Austin pro-immigrant attorney Stephanie Gharakhanian told The Wall Street Journal in a story published Friday.