Washington: Authorities from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have begun conducting raids to round up about 2,000 undocumented immigrants in an operation to drive them out of the country, media reports said on Monday. US media outlets cited government officials as saying that the raids began on Sunday afternoon, but civil rights groups said there have been little sighting of the anticipated raids in the target cities, reports Xinhua news agency.
The ICE, an agency tasked with enforcing immigration laws, previously listed 10 major cities as targets, namely Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and New Orleans, but later said that New Orleans had been taken off the list due to hurricane Barry. The Wall Street Journal said ICE agents were rejected Saturday by residences in two New York neighbourhoods after they failed to produce warrants. The agents reportedly did not return on Sunday. The ICE has said it would target those who have been ordered by courts to leave the country. (IANS)
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