“It’s very quiet. Let’s hope it stays that way,” said Jose Mario Cabrera of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, speaking to CNN Sunday afternoon.
Jennaya Dunlap of the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice in Ontario, east of Los Angeles, also said she hadn’t seen signs of sweeps.
“The way we see it with all the rumors and hysteria, we’re telling the community that ICE is always conducting operations,” she said Sunday. “This is nothing new. It’s a daily reality for us. “
As of Sunday evening, there also weren’t any confirmed reports of migrants being apprehended in Baltimore, Chicago or New York, immigrant advocacy groups in those cities told CNN.
“For the most part, it’s quiet,” said Cara Yi, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. “We’ve been dispatching rapid-response teams out to meet with people who have reported ICE activity over our hotline. None have been confirmed as of yet.”
Most of the reports were about sightings of government vehicles, Yi said, but advocates had confirmed they were not ICE.
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, told CNN Monday that he didn’t know how many people had been arrested because the acting director of ICE hadn’t told him.
Asked why he didn’t have details, Cuccinelli said, “presumably because operational details are kept contained within the agency executing the operation, as they should be.”
“This is their job every day. We’ve got compassionate, loyal ICE agents who are just doing their job,” he said. “It shows you how far we’ve fallen in that it’s become news that they would actually go deport people who have removal orders.”
Word of the planned raids has sent fear rippling through immigrant communities.
Across the United States, advocacy groups have been canvassing neighborhoods, handing out fliers telling people what to do if ICE agents show up at their door.
Advocates told CNN they’re not letting down their guard.
“I’m worried they may conduct sweeps Monday or Tuesday,” Cabrera said. “They may not. But lying to us could be part of the game.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta, Priscilla Alvarez, Devan Cole, Kevin Liptak, Taylor Romine, Rosa Flores and Jake Tapper contributed to this report.