ICE nabs almost 500 aliens in sweep of sanctuary cities


Federal immigration agents arrested 21 people from Santa Clara County this week as part of a national four-day operation targeting so-called "sanctuary cities", according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Dubbed "Operation Safe City", the ICE raids also resulted in arrests in Baltimore (28); Cook County, Illinois (30); Denver (63); NY (45); Portland, Oregon (33); Santa Clara County, California (27); Washington, D.C. (14), and the state of MA (50). OR is one of those jurisdictions. "The targets in MA were criminal aliens, those who were fugitives or those who illegally re-entered the U.S.", ICE said in a statement.

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. ICE reports that agents have made 43 percent more arrests since Trump moved into the White House than they did in the same period past year.

Cross said the county's sheriff, Mike Reese, has adopted a hard-core sanctuary policy toward ICE.

In early February, as Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was studiously avoiding that term - choosing, instead, to call Denver a "welcoming city" - ICE was already shaming Denver on a list of jurisdictions that do not honor detainers, requests from ICE that local jails hold onto certain inmates past their release dates so it can investigate their immigration status. "ICE is coming and is detaining people with no criminal convictions".

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

The latest figures from ICE indicate 26 people were arrested in Washington state, including in Vancouver, Seattle, Federal Way, and Everett.

Of the 498 aliens caught, 310 of them were targets and the other 188 were "collateral" arrests of illegal immigrants whom officers encountered while going after their targets, the agency said.

In a statement, Kenney said the U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement operation, dubbed "Safe City", will only lead to heightened anxiety and distrust of law enforcement among the city's immigrant communities.

One of President Trump's first moves in office was to defund "sanctuary cities" such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. The agency's statement did not elaborate on the other 49 MA arrests.

In Baltimore, the arrests include a woman who is a citizen of El Salvador and entered the USA illegally on a fraudulent passport, ICE said in a news release. "We are deeply troubled by this politically-motivated and cruel form of immigration enforcement".

ICE spokeswoman Rachael Yong-Yow declined to provide a breakdown of top charges specific to New York City. Officials say beer is a almost $6 billion annual business in Pennsylvania, with more than 300 licensed breweries.