DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With President Donald Trump’s immigration raids looming, hundreds of protesters took to the streets across Southern California.

Protesters hold signs against President Donald Trump and this weekend’s planned immigration action. (CBSLA)

In downtown, protesters gathered outside the Metropolitan Detention Center where people spoke out against reports of condition at border detention centers and held signs in support of immigrant families.

“We must stop this now,” one speaker said. “The time is now. We cannot wait for another death at the border, at the detention centers.”

Some protesters even donned Mylar blankets — shown in photos taken at some of the detention centers — in solidarity with those detained.

“We want to make a loud and clear message to the government that we don’t want any more money going to the Department of Homeland Security, because we’ve seen what they have done with that money,” Pedro Trujillo, an activist with the Los Angeles branch of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, said.

A protester in San Bernardino holds a sign while at a rally in support of this weekend’s planned immigration action. (CBSLA)

The rally lasted for a couple of hours and was attended by families and children, many of whom left behind messages on the street in chalk.

And while the rally downtown was the largest in Los Angeles, a smaller protest was happening in West Hollywood where a group of demonstrators attended a “Lights for Liberty” event.

And it’s not just the public at large voicing opposition to this weekend’s announced raids. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city leaders demanded more humane treatment of migrants coming to the United States seeking asylum and called for an end to detention centers.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said his department will not be taking part in the raids, adding that actions like this have very damaging impacts on communities.

“What we can tell them is keep your doors shut, ask for a search warrant, and if they don’t have it, then don’t open the door,” he said.

Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore said the LAPD also would not be taking part in the raids.

But the protests around the nation weren’t all against the immigration action.

Protesters in San Bernardino were holding a rally in support of Trump and ICE chanting, “We love ICE,” and holding signs that read, “Build the wall.”

Raids are reported to begin Sunday in cities across the country including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Comments (3)
  1. Alena Petersen says:

    You got them all there. Just round them up, and in the bus, directly over the border to Mexico!

  2. Where was the outrage when Obama has raid for 8 years? even Jeh Johnson Obama’s own DHS said this is normal. The current migration at our border is costing taxpayers a Kings ransom ($17,000 per day ABC news.) Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars.

    We have Democrat / Socialist / Activists in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations to make sure you bring your children and use the the magic words…..”credible fear.” Mexico recently arrested two socialist activists who were instrumental in the organizing of prior caravans,

    Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? The crisis IS manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop. They will with hold border security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever.)

    To Democrats/Socialists programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt, against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.