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Thousands of people on the South and Central Coasts are taking to the streets this weekend as part of a national protest against the Trump administration’s immigration policy that separated children from their parents at the border.

A march and rally was held Saturday morning in Oxnard where activists held up signs that said “Immigrants Make America Great,” “Keep Families Together” and “Free The Children.”

With a huge crowd on hand, a city council in Ventura County Monday night reaffirmed its controversial stand against the state’s immigrant sanctuary laws.

In April, the Simi Valley City Council approved a resolution opposing the legislation, and supporting a federal lawsuit against the state. City officials claim they followed proper procedure in taking the vote, but opponents contended they violated the state’s open meeting law by making the decision in closed session.

The event called the "Stop Family Separations" vigil turned into a rally in Santa Barbara Wednesday night.

About 400 participants showed up, honked horns and brought megaphones and signs.

An immigration agent suffered minor injuries when a wanted man in Ventura County rammed one of the team’s vehicles.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fugitive Operations Team tried to stop Margarito Solano Tuesday afternoon as he was driving on the 100 block of South Grant Avenue in Oxnard.  They say when they turned on their flashing lights, the 20 year old man sped up and rammed a unit.

Solano was arrested at the scene. Agents say he’s a documented gang member who was wanted on a felony arrest warrant, and had a loaded pistol in his pocket when he was arrested.

May 1st workers' rallies drew attention mainly to immigrants and their role in the work force.

They gathered in De La Guerre Plaza in Santa Barbara to talk about issues like benefits, deportation, labor, pay, immigration, and legislation to give them more security from Federal action.

A convicted criminal who had been deported twice from the United States was arrested after police say he tried to break into a Ventura County home.

Port Hueneme Police were called to the 1500 block of North Sixth Place at around 9 a.m. yesterday morning, by reports of a man trying to get into a woman’s bedroom. Officers think he ran through several backyards before they arrested him.

He’s lived, and worked in Ventura County for more than 30 years. He’s raised a half dozen kids, and paid taxes. But, this now 66 year old Camarillo man isn’t in the U.S. legally, despite years of effort to get proper status. Speaking through an interpreter, Alfredo (we aren’t using his full name, because of concerns about his identity) admits he’s worried about what could happen to him and others like him under the new Trump Administration.

Alfredo is one of more than 150 people packing the lobby of the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard, seeking help.

Officials representing eight public safety agencies in Ventura County issued a statement saying despite the federal controversy over immigration law, they will continue to stay out of field level immigration enforcement.

The coalition represents the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the DA’s Office, the CHP, and five police departments. They say the agencies have not historically participated in direct enforcement of immigration laws, and that it’s important to keep the trust of people so they can feel safe interacting with officers.

From threats of massive deportations, to claims he will build a massive wall between the U.S. and Mexico, candidate, and now President-elect Donald Trump’s positions on immigration have created concern, and fear among undocumented U.S. residents.

The questions about what will happen with the immigration issue after Donald Trump has elected has filtered down to the region’s schools. Dr. Christine Walker is Superintendent of the Hueneme Elementary School District. Walker says many kids have had fears that they, or their families will be deported.

A number of school districts on the Central and South Coasts have taken stands on the issue, to try to provide some reassurance to students, and parents.

The results of the presidential election have brought all kinds of reactions around the country, and here on the Central and South Coasts.

But, given Donald Trump’s campaign statements about the immigration issue, perhaps no one is more apprehensive than undocumented residents. It’s an emotional time for thousands of college students in our region who have lived most of their lives in America, yet don’t know what their status will be under the new administration.

With fears rising over immigration issues including arrests and deportations after the election, Santa Barbara Police Chief Lori Luhnow has made her department's policy clear.