While the actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in themselves were not dissimilar to raids undertaken during the Obama administration - which in the 2012 fiscal year alone resulted in the deportation of more than 400,000 people - they unleashed a wave of anxiety in immigrant communities.
And in the Baltimore parking lot of a Walgreens, ICE agents arrested a barber and a local business owner who advocates said also had no criminal records. But they won't be detaining immigrants based exclusively on the potential that they are in the country illegally. "We have witnesses that six or seven were taken here".
We are horrified that a victim of domestic violence in Texas, Irving Gonzalez, was detained in an El Paso court while seeking a restraining order against her abuser. "But what's happening now, anyone with any charges- they could get pulled over for speeding- you could get deported now". If his deputies get an indication the person is in the country illegally, they hold him for ICE.
I am told that around 6:45 a.m., a group of men left the hypothermia shelter at Rising Hope Mission Church on Russell Road and were surrounded by about a dozen ICE agents after they crossed the street. Carpenter doesn't know who the four people are who were arrested or where they were apprehended. A new Executive Order is expected to come into play next week which will go further than the one issued at the end of January.
Since assuming office, Trump has signed an executive order calling for the construction of a physical wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, and another demanding that jurisdictions where officials refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law do not receive federal funds. Officials say that the raids are no different than what occurred under President Obama, whose administration deported a record number of people.More news: New Trump rally sounds like old Trump rally
Unless you're in a place that's been designated a sanctuary city, local police may "engage in abusive policing that can put immigrants at risk of detentions and deportations", they say. "Some of the best people I've met that were undocumented have some of the nicest, tightest families and they have a great nurturing atmosphere for their kids here, so I don't think that makes them bad people in any way whatsoever".
ICE spokeswoman Carissa F. Cutrell provided a statement to NBC4 on the arrests in Alexandria in another letter from Gov. Terry McAuliffe. "I do not support the act of illegal aliens unlawfully entering into our country". The single most effective way to reduce the illegal immigrant population, for example, would be to implement the E-Verify employment and biometric entry/exit tracking systems.
Las Cruces Police Chief Jaime Montoya tells ABC-7 officers have worked extremely hard to build relationships, adding immigration raids instill a fear of all law enforcement.
"I don't want to speculate about why people are spreading rumors, but their actions are creating a risky environment for residents and law enforcement alike", she said. But some are hearing from concerned citizens.
The urgency in their voices is clear and it can be traced to the anti-immigrant atmosphere which is being stirred in many areas of the US. "That's what has driven us all along and that won't stop".