Feds have arrested more than 1,300 immigrants in Southern California over the last two weeks, in what Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is calling its biggest roundup ever. Ninety percent have criminal records or standing deportation orders, and 600 have already been deported, reports the LA Times. “Where these laws may not have been enforced in the past, that has changed,” said ICE.
Police stressed that most arrested were criminals and not “just people looking for work,” and said communities were buying it. “We are not going down the street asking people for their immigration status,” a sheriff said. But immigration activists call it a “narrow-minded, mean-spirited” effort, which breaks up families while ignoring larger problems with the system.