ICE: Immigration raids not carried out in Plant City
UPDATE Tuesday: Florida immigration activists have not responded to several messages seeking more information.
WASHINGTON - A federal official on Monday denied reports that immigration raids were carried out in Plant City in the last week, though there was recent activity related to a search warrant.
A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said there was no activity, despite immigrant advocates saying otherwise -- comments that were reflected in numerous news reports beginning Friday.
"The incident the media reports are likely referring to was earlier this month and was part of a criminal search warrant," ICE spokeswoman Tamara Spicer told the Tampa Bay Times in an email. "As it is part of a criminal investigation pending federal prosecution, we cannot release further details."
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Monday that ICE conducted sweeps in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City and arrested arrested more than 680 individuals who "pose a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation’s immigration system."
Plant City, in Hillsborough County, has a sizable immigrant population due to farming.
It's possible the search warrant Spicer mentioned was conflated with the raids in Los Angeles, etc., but reports of blanket raids in Florida appear to be false.