Immigrant-rights activists said Thursday federal authorities carried out a series of raids in areas including Van Nuys and Downey, rounding up as many as 100 immigrants, but a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement could not confirm a specific operation, saying such actions are taken every day.

Officials with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles sent out statements alerting the media to ICE raids being carried out in at least five locations, saying that up to 100 immigrants had been detained and taken to ICE offices in downtown Los Angeles.

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The organization and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California planned to gather for a 5 p.m. vigil at the Metropolitan Detention Center downtown in response to the actions.

But ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said the agency’s officers “conduct enforcement actions every day around the country and here in Southern California as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to uphold public safety and border security.”

“Our operations are targeted and lead-driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities,” Haley said. “To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing.”

–City News Service 

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