Federal Bureau of Immigration arrested more than 150 people on Sunday night, especially in Northern California, according to a statement from the US Immigration and Customs Bureau
Lawyers said they had confirmed arrests in the Bay Area counties by Alameda , Contra Costa, Napa, San Francisco and Santa Clara. There were also arrests in Fresno, Merced, Monterey and Sacramento counties. ICE reported arrest in San Joaquin County. All districts are under the responsibility of the San Francisco Field Office for US Immigration and Customs.
"Sanctuary jurisdictions such as San Francisco and Oakland protect dangerous criminal aliens from federal police at the expense of public safety," ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan said in a written statement. "Thanks to the dedicated and professional work of the ICE deportation officers, we have been able to remove many of the public security threats from the streets of the Bay Area in recent days."
Advocates who are quick to respond to immigration arrests and make contacts Detainees with lawyers counted dozens of arrests late on Tuesday and expected the actual number of detainees to be between 1
"We have often seen reports actually confirmed by the local rapid response networks and hotlines are usually only a small percentage of how many people are actually picked up," said Hamid Yazdan Panah of the Northern California Rapid Response and the Immigrant Defense Network ,
The arrests confirm a Saturday night warning from Oaklands Mayor Libby Schaaf that imminent immigration is imminent. The mayor cited "several credible sources" and said on Sunday that she had not learned about the planned operation through official channels. Schaaf was the target of phone calls and social media posts after their announcement.
"The Oakland mayor's decision to publish their assumptions about ICE operations increased this risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens," Homan Schaaf's statement said was reckless and politically motivated. "864 criminal aliens and public security threats are still prevalent in the community, and I have to assume that some of them escaped thanks to the irresponsible decision of the mayor."
ICE pointed to six arrests of persons convicted of criminal convictions, including alleged gang members who had previously been deported and convicted of violent crime. ICE also found that two people were convicted of lewd behavior with a child under 14 years of age.
But about half of those arrested have not been convicted, and others may have been charged with minor crimes.
The Northern California ACLU accused ICE agents of intimidation, racist profiling and "color terrorist communities" during the operation in a statement Tuesday night ,
Reports of ICE abusive tactics are nothing new, they are part of a pattern of scare and retaliation, "said the ACLU of Northern California lawyer Angelica Salceda," We need strong families, not families, who are being torn apart by deportation. We need communities that trust each other, not communities that live every second second in fear of the police.
Without legal representation, some detainees may agree to voluntarily leave the US and waive their right to seek asylum Deportation assistance to an immigration judge Yazdan Panah said one of the detainees had already been arrested
"The people are In these circumstances, they are often under tremendous mental stress, "he said." They are often shocked just because they were arrested. "
" ICE does not carry out searches or raids that target indiscriminately, "the regional ICE said Spokesman James Schwab said in a written statement on Monday. "However, ICE no longer exposes classes or categories of removable aliens to potential enforcement."
The Trump administration changed an Obama-era policy of arresting and deporting Prioritized treatment of persons sentenced for serious or violent crimes  Schwab Anyone who wrote g violates immigration laws, can be arrested, detained and deported.
Blanca Vazquez, of the Immigration Liberation Movement in Bay Area, says the increased enforcement of the Trump administration has led immigrant communities to learn their rights and question the ICE's activities
and that gives them hope.
"The community will be there," Vasquez said. "It will not happen in the shadows anymore."