Fear of suspected crackdown hurts businesses

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Railroad police mistaken for ICE agents, officials say

A frenzy of fear spread quickly via word of mouth, online social networking, phone calls, text messages and radio stations as panicked residents reported seeing agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arresting people in Madera.

Residents warned others about ICE’s presence in town, describing seeing dozens of people stopped, questioned and arrested outside businesses, near residential areas, near the swap meet and along streets and intersections since Sunday.

But local and federal law enforcement officials say there have been no immigration enforcement efforts in Madera and say residents mistook railroad police for ICE.

White vans and green uniformed officers seen Sunday near the Cleveland Avenue and Gateway Drive intersection were railroad police, officials say...

 

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