After a week of immigration raids in which hundreds across the country were arrested, Mayor Kenney on Monday spoke directly to Philadelphia's fearful undocumented community, saying "God is on your side."

"Continue to pray," Kenney said in an interview on Radio Times. "And work with us to try to figure out ways in which we can legally protect you."

Though last week's raids, which netted more than 600 arrests in at least six states, did not target Philadelphia, the impact was nonetheless felt here.

Jennifer Ritchey, the acting director of the  U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) Philadelphia field office, on Monday declined to speculate on whether similar raids are on the horizon in Philadelphia. In a statement she said doing so "would compromise operational security and put officers at great and unnecessary danger."

The office has said the raids, which ICE calls "targeted enforcement operations," were carried out on individuals viewed as public safety threats and were consistent with the routine arrests carried out by ICE on a daily basis.

Others say the actions seem far from business as usual.

Peter Pedemonti, director of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, an immigrant support group, said his members had heard of four arrests in the past two weeks _ one near Wyoming and Front Streets, two in Northeast Philadelphia, and one in Upper Darby.

While Pedemonti acknowledged the numbers don't seem alarming, he said, "From my perspective it is part of the national operation, because it sends a chill through the community."

The group uses text messaging and a hotline to send out alerts. Its goal is to learn about raids in real time and then to send dozens of trained demonstrators to the scene, not to physically interfere with ICE agents, said Pedemonti, but to bear witness and bring media attention to the arrest.

At Juntos, said Almiron, the raids have created a heightened awareness of ICE activity. So the group is holding meetings to tell immigrants what a warrant looks like, not to open their doors to ICE, to remain silent, and to make sure they have a friend to contact if something happens.

"People are seeing things that they didn't see before because they weren't afraid," she said. "ICE vans have always been in our communities, but now they are noticing them."

Kenney spokeswoman Ajeenah Amir on Monday said local officials believe the recent raids were planned before Trump took office.  Kenney, on Radio Times, said if raids are carried in Philadelphia, local officials would not stand in the way but would seek to provide legal protections to those whose rights it believes has been violated.

Asked for specifics, the city pointed to the Take Action Philly initiative announced by the Philadelphia Bar Association Monday.

Deborah R. Gross, the association's chancellor, said the effort grew out of the unprecedented number of calls from lawyers wanting to get involved on immigration issues. On Feb. 24, the association will host a three-hour session aimed at providing concrete ways people can get involved.

Registration is required, and more information is available on the bar association's website.

"This is really an interesting, unifying time," Gross said. "My hope is that we can take this energy and capitalize on."