WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (Press Shia) – The US federal authorities confirmed Saturday the arrest of hundreds of undocumented immigrants in recent days throughout the country, especially in Arizona, California, Georgia, New York, Florida and Texas.
Officials from the US department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not give details of the total number, but at least around 160 people were arrested in Los Angeles and 200 in Atlanta, as part of a nationwide operation, according to local media outlets.
Activists from organizations of Hispanic people are trying to calm everyone down in the different communities, while President Donald Trump is beginning to implement his executive orders.
Janet Munguia, president of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), one of the US largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization that advocates in favor of progressive public policy changes including immigration reform, a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally, and reduced deportations, denounced the deportation yesterday of Guadalupe García Rayos, who lived in Arizona, one of the first cases of this kind that attracts national attention.
We feel extremely upset with this measure, because she was a working woman, mother of two children. This action confirms that when the Administration threatens to get the criminals out of the country, it refers to all immigrants without permits, Munguia added.
The organization United We Dream, one of the most important immigrant-youth organizations in the country, published fliers on social networks in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Korean, telling undocumented people how to interact with ICE agents.
Ina press conference yesterday at the White House, together with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump promised that he would implement new measures in the coming days, regarding migratory issues and aimed at “reinforcing the country’s security.”