TAMPA, Fla. — Undocumented immigrants throughout the Tampa Bay area are living in fear amid concerns they could be removed from their communities as part of an anti-illegal immigrant crackdown.
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ICE agents fanned out across several cities over the weekend executing removal and deportation orders, some of which were more than a decade old. The targeted cities include Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
"They are concerned if ICE is going to come to their house and raid their house and business or just walking or driving," said Ana Lamb, president of a local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC.
Lamb, who launched a "Know Your Rights" campaign to educate undocumented immigrants on what to do it they encounter a federal agent, fielded several calls on the issues from residents of the immigrant community in Tampa.
In St. Pete, Immigration Attorney Arturo Rios said phones at his law firm were ringing off the hook from people concerned about possible deportation.
"I can tell you that it's mass hysteria in the immigrant community, because they believe it's a mass crackdown on anybody that's here without proper documentation," said Rios. "We have nothing to say that Tampa Bay area or Central Florida is being targeted. Of course, that could change in a heartbeat."
It unclear how many undocumented immigrants were taken into custody over the weekend by ICE agents.
A senior Trump administration official told CNN the raids were successful and would soon expand to several more cities.