ICE arrests nearly 30 people across North Alabama

The Alabama Coalition for Immigration Justice (ACIJ) is speaking out.

ICE arrests nearly 30 people across North Alabama
Arrests made near Drake Avenue & Triana Boulevard in Huntsville.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Since Saturday, nearly 30 people have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, or ICE. The arrests have been made in several cities across North Alabama, including Huntsville, Decatur, Athens, Hartselle and more.

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The undocumented immigrants who are detained are taken to a Dekalb County facility before being transported to Louisiana, according to immigration advocates with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ).

"ICE has been going around terrorizing our community, not just in Huntsville but in Decatur, Hartselle and communities around,” said Sarita Portilla, Executive Director for the ACIJ.

Several pictures were captured during these arrests outside of Ross in Decatur and along Drake Avenue & Triana Boulevard in Huntsville. ICE officials say all of these arrests weren’t made at one time.

Arrest made outside of Ross in Decatur.
Arrest made outside of Ross in Decatur. (Source: WAFF Viewer)
Arrests made near Drake Avenue & Triana Boulevard in Huntsville.
Arrests made near Drake Avenue & Triana Boulevard in Huntsville. (Source: WAFF Viewer)

The ACIJ took to Facebook Wednesday to talk about the changes made with the way ICE officials detain individuals.

Información sobre acontecimientos en el area Huntsville-Decatur Alabama. Le invitamos a la reunión comuntaria este sábado Septiembre 1 a las 3:30 pm; la dirección es 2201 Clinton Ave, Huntsville, AL 35810. Para mas información contacte a Yalitza Lafountaine en yalitza@acij.net o llame al (205) 945-0777.

Posted by Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

"If you look immigrant or the police feel like you are an immigrant, they are just sweeping by the neighborhoods and trying to take with them whatever they can,” said Portilla.

The ACIJ claims some that were arrested had no criminal background and were taken in random places. ICE, on the other hand, says 90 percent of those arrested either had criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, or were subject to a removal order by a federal judge.

"That's the message that they want to put out there, right? Because, I guess, they are receiving a lot of calls asking why they are doing this to our community, but that's just an excuse to tell you the truth,” said Portilla.

Rumors swirl that there has been an uptick and ICE is randomly targeting individuals; something ICE leaders say is categorically incorrect.

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