LOS ANGELES (CBS SF & AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday that its agents have arrested 212 people in a five-day operation around the Los Angeles region.
Agents also served 122 notices to businesses that they will be audited to determine whether they are employing people who are in the country illegally.READ MORE: UPDATE: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 1 Hurt In Horrific San Jose Collision
The agency said 88 percent of those arrested were convicted criminals.READ MORE: High-Power Weaponry Seized During Santa Rosa Safeway Parking Lot Arrest
The raids triggered a protest late Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, where a Homeland Security van was blocked from entering the federal Metropolitan Detention Center.MORE NEWS: San Mateo Sheriff's Office Warns of Scam Call Impersonating Deputy
Police were called and a dispersal order was given, but there were no arrests.