ICE Arrests Nearly 500 Immigrants In Sanctuary Cities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington Tuesday Sept. 26 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington Tuesday Sept. 26 2017

Federal immigration agents arrested 33 people in Portland during a four-day operation targeting sanctuary cities across the nation this week, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials said in a statement Thursday.

ICE says Operation Safe City targeted people who'd violated immigration laws and prioritized people with convictions or pending charges, known gang members, and immigration fugitives.

Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 50 people throughout MA in a four-day raid and some local lawmakers are disappointed.

ICE acting Director Tom Homan said local policies of non-cooperation create magnets for illegal immigration, forcing the agency to use more resources in those communities. 9, ICE had made 43% more arrests year-over-year, reports the Washington Post.

No one who is registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - which provides protection from deportation for people brought to the country illegally as children by their parents - were targeted in the operation, officials said.

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Among those taken into custody in Philly was a man from the Dominican Republic who had entered the United States illegally and previously had been convicted of a firearms offense.

That's despite ICE claiming in its release that most of its 498 arrests netted "convicted criminals".

An ICE spokesman declined to release information on other arrests or where they took place. However, it does not hold inmates beyond a scheduled release date if ICE does not get them.

"ICE's goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners to help prevent risky criminal aliens from being released back onto the streets", Homan said.

The "sanctuary city" term dates back to the 1980s, when Berkeley and a few other municipalities declared themselves as such to accept migrants from Central America.

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ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell said she didn't have a clear answer if that meant ICE considers Montgomery County a sanctuary jurisdiction.

Officials also noted that individuals with an active DACA status were not targeted for arrest.

One of President Trump's first moves in office was to defund "sanctuary cities" such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

In Baltimore, a citizen of El Salvador who entered the US illegally on a fraudulent passport, and was previously charged with attempted murder/conspiracy to commit murder and convicted of first degree assault.

"Public safety is about all of us being safe from the hands of Trump's criminalization machine and can not be defined by ICE agents who knock down the doors of our homes with guns and drag people out in front of their children", Almiron said in a statement.

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