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.
The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
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."
ICE will remove illegal aliens convicted of felony offenses as ordered by an immigration judge.— ICE (@ICEgov) February 9, 2017
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.