Representatives from United Workers' Association, including Spanish speaking workers who were in the area of Broadway and Lombard on the morning of January 23rd said that, at 11:30, unmarked cars rolled up to that corner in front of the 7-11 and rounded up Hispanic immigrants waiting for work there. At 10:30 the corner was full of people waiting for offers of work for the day.
They reported that "24 people were confirmed arrested." A press conference was organized in the early afternoon at that corner by the UWA, Casa de Maryland and other organizations announcing the arrests and condemning them as attacks on people just trying to make a living.
At least 3 television news outlets were reporting from the corner, including CBS and Channel 2. Witnesses said the raid was carried out by "Immigration" or ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security). There is no word yet if this was an isolated raid or part of a coordinated, multi-city effort that purposefully coincided with the raids in Southern California.
The United Workers Association is a human rights organization that organizes low wage workers and builds leadership from their ranks with the goal of ending poverty. The mission of the organization takes inspiration from the Poor Peoples' Campaign of 1968. Martin Luther King was killed on a stop of this campaign as he fought side-by-side with striking sanitation workers.