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ICE Has Reportedly Detained Close To 700 Immigrants Nationwide This Week

The five-day raid was conducted in major cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio, and New York City.

February 13, 2017
ICE Has Reportedly Detained Close To 700 Immigrants Nationwide This Week Protestors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin rallying against Donald Trump's policy on immigration on February 13, 2017.   Darren Hauck / Getty Images

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told reporters from The New York Times on Sunday that they have arrested 680 immigrants across at least 11 states last week.

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According to ThinkProgress, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's John Kelly released a statement alleging that “approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.”

The ongoing raids come after Trump enacted several immigration policy executive orders, including the giving more authority to local law enforcement. The raids have been reported in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Kansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Missouri.

On Sunday morning, Trump took credit for the massive ICE sweeps on Twitter.

Organizations like the ACLU, the Immigrant Defense Project, and United We Dream have prepared guides and toolkits in multiple translations on what to do if ICE shows up at your front door or workplace. Many have also taken to Twitter with hashtags like #ICERaids and #DeportICE to keep their local communities on high alert regarding the presence of immigration officials in their neighborhoods.

ICE Has Reportedly Detained Close To 700 Immigrants Nationwide This Week