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In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows foreign nationals being arrested this week during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. Immigrant advocates on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, decried a series of arrests that federal deportation agents said aimed to round up criminals in Southern California but they believe mark a shift in enforcement under the Trump administration. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Trump defended the wave of deportations after protests broke out in major cities

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UPDATE 7:38 a.m. Feb. 12:

President Trump defended last week's deportations on Twitter, calling them a fulfillment of a campaign promise. 

"Gang members, drug dealers  & others are getting removed!" he tweeted.

However, some protesters argued those who were deported were harmless members of the community. Rosa Marie Ortega of Texas was sentenced to eight years and deportation for voting illegally in 2012 and 2014, The New York Times reports

Here's Trump's full tweets.

ORIGINAL STORY: U.S. immigration officials this week arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants across the country, Reuters reported Friday.

The arrests were made in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, New York and nearby areas. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement did not say how many were arrested in total, but 161 arrests were made in Los Angeles and 200 were made in Atlanta.


The arrests come weeks after President Trump signed an executive order on immigration enforcement.

Protesters took to the streets Friday night in response to the raids.

David Marin, a director in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Los Angeles field office, said the arrests, which were made over the course of five days, were an "enforcement surge."

"The rash of these recent reports about ICE checkpoints and random sweeps, that’s all false and that’s dangerous and irresponsible," he said. "Reports like that create a panic."

This is a tweet from the official ICE Twitter page.

Eight million undocumented workers are at risk

President Trump last month signed an executive order on immigration enforcement, which ended the previous "catch and release" policy that allowed those who crossed the border to return to Mexico without being detained.

A Los Angeles Times analysis found that 8 million undocumented workers in the U.S. may be at risk for deportation under the new order.

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