AUSTIN (KXAN/AP) — Police arrested two people in separate protests in Austin against recent increases in ICE operations early Sunday morning.
One person was arrested for throwing lit fireworks into an Austin police car, setting it on fire during a protest at Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane. This is the area where immigrants illegally in the country have been arrested in recent days.
Authorities say the man who tossed the fireworks into the patrol car got into another vehicle that drove off. He was followed by officers and apprehended when he tried fleeing on foot during a traffic stop early Sunday.
He is being held on a charge for evading arrest.
Austin police also arrested one person at the protest on Chalmers Avenue at Cesar Chavez Street for aggravated assault.
Multiple protests were held over the weekend on the targeted ICE operations that began Thursday. As part of ICE’s Operation Cross Check, officers conduct the nationwide operation by detaining unauthorized immigrants convicted of crimes in the country.
According to the Mexican Consulate, ICE has arrested a total of 44 people in Austin on Thursday and Friday, which is several times the average number.
Last year, more than 240,000 people were deported from the U.S. Most of them were along the border, but of the 65,000 arrested away from the border, 92 percent of them had criminal records.
That percentage has gone up. In 2013, only 80 percent of those arrested away from the border were criminals.