Rumors of ICE Sweeps in California Cities, Colleges

Protesters hit the streets again Thursday night in Downtown Los Angeles after ICE conducted an unknown number of sweeps across Southern California, resulting in multiple arrests.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, civil rights groups began getting calls about immigrants being arrested throughout the Southland around 11 a.m., including in Oxnard, Downey, San Bernardino, Van Nuys and Santa Paula.

The LADN quoted Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, as saying, “(Attorneys) were reporting that their clients were being picked up — many who actually have outstanding orders of deportation (and) others who did not. We want to alert our community and also get answers from ICE.”

A source who contacted me said that an email was sent out to University of California administrators from the office of UC President Janet Napolitano, warning that ICE had quote-unquote “raided” UC campuses and other college campuses throughout the state. The list included Berkeley and the city of Van Nuys, where Valley Community College is located.

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Reportedly, the email was read aloud at a student council meeting, and it called for administrators to contact university attorneys with the names of any students arrested by ICE.

The email and its contents could not be verified immediately.

The Daily News quoted ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice as saying, “We’re doing routine enforcement … as we’ve always done. Nothing has changed.”

No further information was available at the time of this writing.

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