"Local officers do not have federal authority with the exception of a few officers who work inside the jail who do have federal credentials".
"This [executive order] gives unfettered power to immigration and customs enforcement to essentially be the judge, jury and executioner when they come across someone who may be illegal, and to search out those people who are regular citizens who are contributing to our community and who are just caught up in the fray of these executive orders", Maze said.
Critics have hit out at the recent action taken against immigrants coming to the US.
"All of these people are being ordered out by an immigration judge and the men and women of ICE are simply executing the law which is what our job is", said Kelly.
A report released Thursday showed almost one in five immigrants in the us illegally live in either the Los Angeles or New York City metropolitan areas. ICE intends to continue this higher level of activity into next week.
He said ICE needs to clarify whether these people "are in fact risky, violent threats to our communities, and not people who are here peacefully raising families and contributing to our state".
Alexandrianews.org has been unable to confirm whether ICE arrested anyone in Alexandria last night.
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"Whenever they find their target, for example in their vehicles, if in that same vehicle there [are] more people who are undocumented or who they presume are undocumented, then they detain everybody", he said. But according to RAICES Director Jonathan Ryan, this kind of detention (what he called a "targeted enforcement action") shouldn't necessarily cause widespread and unnecessary alarm.
According to the New York Times, this order stipulates "that undocumented immigrants convicted of any criminal offense - and even those who have not been charged but are believed to have committed "acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense" - have become a priority for deportation". The exact number of people arrested is not known.
One of those arrested was the father of Marlene Mosqueda. Her father, despite not having a criminal record and not being the criminal targeted by the raid, was picked up, something Salas said isn't - or hadn't been - typical behavior by ICE agents.
Austin-based Consul General of Mexico Carlos Gonzales Gutierrez says there are a range of issues why ICE could be targeting immigrants, despite if in most cases they have established USA roots.
He said five people would not have met the Obama administration's enforcement priorities but were arrested because they were found to be in the country illegally.
Rights groups scoff at this, saying it feels like a return to the days when any undocumented immigrant was liable to be swept up and deported at any time.
"We are working hard with the immigrant communities to dispel fears", he told the newspaper.
Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.), John Conyers (Mich.), Luis GutierrezLuis GutierrezCongressional Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with ICE officials after raids Dems: Wall is "opposite of what America stands for" Dem boycotts of inauguration grow MORE (Ill.) and Judy Chu (Calif.) also signed the letter calling for a meeting by Wednesday.