Week's immigration arrests totaled under 200 in NC, SC, GA

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. immigration official says agents arrested fewer than 200 people last week in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and targeted people in the country illegally and convicted of crimes.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regional spokesman Bryan Cox said Saturday that the agency's enforcement activities die down over the weekend, but couldn't say none were being carried out.

Cox says ICE plans to release more details Monday comparing the Monday-through-Friday arrest total in the three states to other periods.

Advocacy groups say an immigration roundup was underway last week in Southern California and arrests in Atlanta, North Carolina and Texas have rattled immigrants. The government says it's simply conducting routine enforcement.

Cox says agents always seek out specific people and don't do traffic checks or other spontaneous enforcement.