President Donald Trump pressed ahead with his immigration crackdown, launching deportation raids targeting undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and promising new national security measures after a federal court blocked his travel ban.
Ramped-up immigration enforcement in several cities this week has resulted in the detention of hundreds or more people in the country unlawfully, according to attorneys and advocacy groups, who said that they expected the majority of them to be deported.
Illegal immigrants were rounded up in the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; and across southern California, among others, they said.
Trump set an ambitious course when he took office through a series of executive orders, promising to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, deport millions of illegal immigrants, suspend the refugee program and pause the admittance of foreign nationals from certain countries.
But his plans hit a roadblock when a Seattle judge federal judges halted his travel ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations considered a terror threat, and the decision was upheld by the Ninth Circuit court this week.