Washington, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have arrested 498 undocumented immigrants in a four-day operation in sanctuary city jurisdictions, which shield illegal aliens from deportation. ICE reports that 33 of those arrests occurred in Portland. OR is one of those jurisdictions.
In the wake of federal immigration raids targeting "Sanctuary Cities", Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he thinks the USA government should focus on arresting risky criminals who are here illegally, not those whose only offense was illegal immigration.
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.
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.
Among those taken into custody in this week's operation, 317 had criminal convictions, including 86 for driving under the influence, the most of any listed offense.
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Owensboro Police and Daviess County Sheriff's Department officials said they were unaware of any ICE activity in the city until their agencies were contacted by the media.
He said ICE wants cooperative, respectful relationships with law-enforcement partners "to help prevent risky criminal aliens from being released back onto the streets" and "non-cooperation policies severely undermine that effort".
Almost 500 people were arrested during a four-day nationwide sweep by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that ended Wednesday.
A senior official briefing reporters on the numbers Thursday said one gang member they tried to arrest in the latest actions attempted to run over the officers with a vehicle, and then, when he was taken into custody, he was found to have a loaded firearm.
While President Trump continues to drop revised travel bans that restrict entrance into the country by refugees (mainly of Muslim majority countries), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is doing its part to arrest those with immigration violations who are already in the country.
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ICE arrested almost 500 people during 10 coast-to-coast raids in so-called "sanctuary cities", immigration officials announced on Thursday.
Apart from Seattle, the raids also targeted Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, New York, Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia and other places. "We are deeply troubled by this politically-motivated and cruel form of immigration enforcement". Baker said he and state officials did not know about the raids in advance.
Mayor Stephanie Miner has referred to Syracuse as a sanctuary city.
ICE has since updated its original news release.
"The result is that police are forced to release the criminal alien back into the community without regard to the seriousness of his crimes or the length of his rap sheet", Sessions said.
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