Portions of shackled men's faces could be seen through security bars on the windows of a white bus outside the U.S. Detention and Deportation Center in Detroit on Sunday evening.
They shouted in English and foreign languages back and forth to loved ones and friends lining the black metal fence yards away.
According to several in the crowd, the sweep appeared to target mostly Iraqi immigrants from the Chaldean community in Detroit's northern suburbs, including Warren and Sterling Heights, who had past felony convictions.
There were also Mexican and Muslim immigrants among the potential deportees.