UFW protests recent ICE raids in Kern County

The United Farm Workers and community members protest recent immigration raids in Kern County, Calif., on Monday, March 5, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Activists with the United Farm Workers of America held a protest Monday in downtown Bakersfield over the recent immigration raids in Kern County.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conducted a four-day raid in several counties, including Kern, last week.

Agents arrested 232 undocumented immigrants. According to ICE, of those arrested, 180 "were either convicted criminals, had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally."

ICE would not comment directly on how many immigrants were detained in Kern County and in what areas.

Protesters claimed the operation was a chance for agents to prey on innocent farmworkers.

The UFW reports 23 people who were detained by ICE were from Kern, Tulare and Madera counties.

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