New Jersey Hispanic community on edge following ICE immigration raids

New Jersey's Hispanic community is on edge following ICE immigration raids around the country.

New Jersey's Hispanic community is on edge following ICE immigration raids around the country. (2/13/17)

FREEHOLD - Members of New Jersey’s Hispanic community say that they are feeling tense after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested hundreds of immigrants who were in the United States illegally.

Rita Dentino with CasaFreehold, an organization that advocates for the Hispanic community, says her clients are increasingly scared to leave their homes for fear of deportation.

“They fear their families being torn apart by a raid,” Dentino says. “We're already hearing of hundreds of people around the country. We have not heard of any in Freehold thankfully."

This is not the first time Freehold’s immigration population has been scared. The community was tense last year following an arrest by ICE agents on Zlotkin Circle in Freehold. That immigrant was deported.

President Donald Trump tweeted following this weekend’s raids, “The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!"  

A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson says the raids were "routine, targeted arrests."

Representatives from the Mexican Consulate will be at CasaFreehold for the next four days to help people with immigration issues.

About 2,000 immigration arrests were announced during a one-week period in 2015 during the Obama administration.

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