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107 illegals arrested in Philadelphia amid federal immigration sweep

ICE Cracks Down on Sanctuary Cities — Arrests Nearly 500 on Immigration Charges ICE Rolls Up 500 Criminal Aliens Hiding Out In Sanctuary Cities
Cecilia Poole | 30 September, 2017, 02:56

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested almost 500 people in a series of four-day raids that targeted undocumented immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities across the country.

"Sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honor detainers or allow us access to jails and prisons are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration", said ICE acting director Tom Homan in a statement.

Public defenders in Brooklyn recently criticized the opaqueness surrounding ICE's gang criteria, after four men were arrested on their way into misdemeanor court.

To counter the problem, Homan said that ICE was forced to allocate more resources and conduct large-scale operations, like the one this week, in those communities.

These included 28 arrests in Baltimore, 30 in Chicago, 63 in Denver, 101 in Los Angeles, 45 in NY and 50 in the state of MA. Eighteen individuals arrested in the operation were accused of belonging to or having affiliations with gangs. The agency did not give many details but said one arrest happened in Boston after a person failed to register as a sex offender.

That immigrant, who was found with a handgun, allegedly rammed a number of law enforcement vehicles in an attempt to escape from authorities.

All told, agents arrested 167 unauthorized immigrants in seven counties of Southern California, he said. His attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has been a key proponent of punishing localities that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities.

Mayor Hancock in the past several weeks signed a new immigration ordinance passed by the city council that prohibits city employees from collecting information on people's immigration status and the sharing of that information for the objective of federal immigration enforcement.

"Non-cooperation policies severely undermine that effort at the expense of public safety", he added. The preliminary injunction applied to cities nationwide.

Earlier this year, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh stopped short of calling Baltimore a sanctuary city, saying she wants immigrants to feel welcome in Baltimore but she's not using that term.

Seattle has claimed that the city believes it's in compliance with federal laws.

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

It also reinforced the notification rules for the Denver Sheriff Department to notify ICE of pending releases "to the extent they are able".

In addition to Denver not honoring detainer requests (important fact: federal judges have sided with Denver, ruling that detainer requests can not be mandated), the city recently drew the ire of ICE by passing an ordinance that limits communication between city employees and the federal agency. It also does not allow agents to interview inmates without a judicial warrant.

In Massachusetts, though, the rate fell by roughly the same amount, 3.3 percent, in 2016. Of those, 317 had criminal convictions.

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