In nationwide immigration sweep, ICE arrests 107 in Philly

ICE Cracks Down on Sanctuary Cities — Arrests Nearly 500 on Immigration Charges

ICE arrested almost 500 people during 10 coast-to-coast raids in so-called "sanctuary cities," immigration officials announced on Thursday.

In all, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it arrested 498 people during a four-day national operation that ended Wednesday. She was released from local custody before ICE could assume custody, federal authorities said.

Following the anti-immigration surge, ICE's acting director said in a statement: "Sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honour detainers or allow us access to jails and prisons are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration".

As a result, ICE dedicated more resources to "these communities" for the arrests, he wrote.

ICE reported that people active with the DACA program were not targeted for arrest.

In addition to the NY arrests, there were 28 in Baltimore; 30 in Cook County, Illinois; 63 in Denver; 101 in Los Angeles; 107 in Philadelphia; 33 in Portland; 27 in Santa Clara County, California; 14 in Washington, D.C.; and 50 across MA.

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Though ICE did not detail the cases of all those arrested, it said that one of the arrests in Denver was of a lawful permanent USA resident from Guatemala who'd been convicted of menacing, several DUIs, child abuse and domestic violence.

According to ICE, 317 of those arrested had criminal convictions, 68 were immigration fugitives and 18 are gang members or affiliates.

Sanctuary cities received a temporary reprieve two weeks ago when a US District Judge in IL ruled that safety grants to Chicago could not be withheld by the Justice Department due to a reluctance by officials to implement certain immigration policies.

The arrests this week were a stinging rebuke to sanctuary cities, several of which have passed ordinances or policies preventing full cooperation with ICE.

One of President Trump's first moves in office was to defund "sanctuary cities" such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Pugh has said it is a matter of policy that Baltimore police officers are not to ask about a person's immigration status when they encounter the public. Those who aren't federal charged will be processed administratively for removal from the U.S.

"By passing this bill, California politicians have chosen to prioritize politics over public safety", Homan said. "Some who were handcuffed and removed were described as 'collateral damage, ' meaning they had no reason to be detained other than being immigrants and are the victims of an agency and political climate that terrorizes and tears apart families".

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