WASHINGTON (KRQE) – Members of Congress, including New Mexico’s Michelle Lujan-Grisham, are demanding answers about the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids and deportations across the country.
A reported raid in Dona Ana County Thursday prompted protests in the streets.
ICE responded, saying it was part of their regular operations and all those taken into custody were illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds who posed a risk to public safety.
Other raids across the country have caused a panic, with some worrying they, too, could be deported based solely on the fact that they are in the country illegally.
Friday, House Democratic members requested to meet with ICE, but say they weren’t given the information they wanted.
“But there is a general sense that they recognize with the changes in this administration that all immigrant communities are at risk,” Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham said.
According to Department of Homeland Security officials, the raids across the country have netted 683 arrests — 75 percent of which were here illegally with a criminal record.
They don’t count the round up in Dona Ana County Wednesday as a so-called raid.