About 100 protesters marched in the streets of downtown Los Angeles Thursday evening, fueled by fear and outrage after reports that federal agents had carried out a series of immigration raids across Southern California earlier in the day.
Civil rights groups said Thursday they had been alerted by “credible sources,” including attorneys, that immigration “sweeps” are taking place in the greater Los Angeles area.
The reported raids come as Southern California lawmakers and immigration advocates draw battle lines against President Donald Trump’s hard-line stance on illegal immigration.
Angelica Salas, executive director of CHIRLA, said they started getting calls just after 11 a.m. Thursday.
“(Attorneys) were reporting that their clients were being picked up — many who actually have outstanding orders of deportation (and) others who did not,” Salas said from the street in front of the detention center. “We want to alert our community and also get answers from ICE.”
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