ICE arrests sweep across California, and one Filipino detained in New York

At least eleven people were arrested across northern California by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sunday, according to immigration advocate groups.

This comes after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a news release on Saturday and widely shared to her Twitter followers, warning that ICE agents were preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland.


“This is something that I thought about very carefully before bringing this information forward, but due to the reliability of my sources and the fact that I received this from multiple sources, I felt that it was my duty to share the information,” said Schaaf.

Immigrant advocates reportedly received increased number of calls from worried immigrants.

Some criticized the mayor for issuing the warning, especially since there were no reports of massive arrests — unlike the one conducted in Los Angeles recently.

ICE agents arrested 212 people in a five-day operation.

“My priority is to keep the community safe. It is not my wish to panic people but to ensure that they’re prepared with information,” said Schaaf. “That they know their rights as well as their responsibilities and know about the resources that this community offers.”

According to latest figures, there was a 41 percent increase in the number of undocumented immigrants who were arrested by ICE agents in 2017, compared to 2016.

Arrests of non-criminals nearly tripled.

One of those detained recently, without criminal records, was Filipino Larry Villena in New York.

Villena’s lawyer Sean McMahon told BA this morning that Villena has not worked since his arrest on January 10th.

McMahon said there’s no removal proceedings hearing date yet for Villena.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has said that arresting those with criminal histories remain its priority, but that anyone who is in the U.S. illegally is not immune to arrests.


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  • Mario
    27 February 2018 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Obama deported 3 Million illegal Alien for a period of 8 years, an average of 1,000 a day. Trump deported an average of 20K a month, then decline to 16K a month.Reason for the decline is less people crossing the border wall. But ICE is arresting, more people in the US, but can not deport them quickly..Originally the Democrat want 800K DACA,but Trump made a generous offered to 1.8 Million DACA, as initial deal, as long as the Democrat will come out for a deal. None came out and the Dems abandoned DACA. As expected the Dems use DACA as political campaign issue which they had been doing it during the 8 yrs of Obama regime and resolving NOTHING. .Trump said; we need more Republican votes this coming mid-term election because the Dems has no intention of solving Immigration reforms.