ICE arrests almost 450 illegal immigrants in sanctuary city raids

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The Trump administration has arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in cities that are hostile to the federal government's deportation crackdown, the latest salvo in a growing battle over sanctuary jurisdictions.

The raid, referred to as "Operation "Safe City" in a news release, spanned four days in cities through the US, and ended Wednesday.

The operation targeted people who have violated USA immigration laws, specifically fugitives, people who re-entered the country after deportation and those with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges or known gang affiliation, according to ICE.

In a press release issued by the agency, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan had harsh words for sanctuary cities, which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

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

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the operation, dubbed Operation "Safe City", "focused on cities and regions where ICE deportation officers are denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not honored".

In Boston, ICE noted that a citizen of India who was forced to register as a sex offender after a conviction of indecent assault and battery was arrested.

A federal appeals court recently ruled that the Department of Justice couldn't withhold federal grant money from so-called "sanctuary cities", though the DOJ has appealed.

In the meantime, ICE has stepped up immigration arrests in sanctuary cities, drawing the protest from state and local officials. SoCal man asks Pres. Trump to withhold sanctuary city funding in TV adOf these individuals, 101 were from Los Angles; 28 were from Baltimore; 30 were from Cook County, Illinois; 63 were from Denver; 45 were from NY; 107 were from Philadelphia; 33 were from Portland, Oregon; 27 were from Santa Clara County, California; 14 were from Washington, D.C.; and 50 were from MA.

"As Director Homan stated, uncooperative jurisdictions have a higher rate of criminal alien releases than in places that honor ICE detainers", an ICE official told The Daily Caller News Foundation at the time.

However, many local law enforcement agencies insist the exact opposite, claiming that any perceived association between themselves and the threat of federal immigration tactics is a detriment to serving their communities.

Of the 498 people arrested, 317 had criminal convictions, 68 are immigration fugitives, 104 have been previously deported and 18 were tied to gangs, the news release said.



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