Immigrants’ fears grow as ICE raids strike close to home
Federal authorities began conducting immigration raids in New York City and around the country this past week.
More than 600 people have already been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, prompting protests in major cities and the nation's capital.
Local officials, including the borough presidents of both the Bronx and Brooklyn, have pledged to do what they can to protect immigrant communities here in New York.
The Department of Homeland Security says 41 New Yorkers have been arrested during the raids so far. Thirty-eight of those had criminal convictions ranging from assault with a weapon to the sexual abuse of a minor.
ICE says it has conducted so-called Targeted Fugitive Operations on a regular basis for many years.
But the arrests come amid concerns that the Trump administration will crack down even harder on immigrants living in the country illegally.
"I said at the beginning. 'We are going to get the bad ones. The really bad ones,'" President Donald Trump said Monday. "And that's exactly what we're doing."