Nearly 500 illegal aliens have been arrested in recent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, and the agency released the detailed figures on Thursday.
Dubbing the mission “Operation Safe City,” ICE arrested 498 aliens from 42 countries in multiple sanctuary cities across the U.S. The operation “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,” the release stated:
The operation targeted individuals who have violated U.S. immigration laws, prioritizing aliens with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, known gang members and affiliates, immigration fugitives and those who re-entered the U.S. after deportation. Individuals with active DACA were not targeted for arrest.
“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. “As a result, ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities.”
“ICE’s goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners to help prevent dangerous criminal aliens from being released back onto the streets. Non-cooperation policies severely undermine that effort at the expense of public safety,” he said.
Here is the breakdown per city:
Operation Safe City arrests took place in Baltimore (28), Cook County, Illinois (30), Denver (63), Los Angeles (101), New York (45), Philadelphia (107), Portland, Ore. (33), Santa Clara County, Calif (27); and Washington, D.C. (14) and the state of Massachusetts (50).
Among those arrested include those charged with murder, gang members, and a variety of child rapists. Detailed charts from ICE show 317 with criminal convictions, 104 who were previously deported, 68 fugitives, and 18 gang bangers. Drunk driving, drug trafficking, assault, weapons offenses, and child sex/fondling topped out the list of worst offenses.
But there’s a crucial next step with these criminal aliens: deportation, and according to The Washington Post, aliens aren't being shipped out of the country at the same rates they're being arrested. Immigration activists need to step away and allow ICE to do its job fully or be complicit when the next child is hurt.