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ICE arrests hundreds of immigrants in 'sanctuary cities'

ICE arrests hundreds of immigrants in 'sanctuary cities'

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 50 people were arrested in MA on federal immigration violations as part of an operation in several cities and states.

Of the 27 people arrested in the Bay Area, 23 had prior convictions, as CBS 5 reports, with eight of those being for driving under the influence.

Federal immigration authorities said they arrested nearly 500 people in raids conducted over four days in 10 locations across the country, including 28 arrests made in Baltimore. The action seems to be ICE's first billed as exclusively focusing on places it considers to be uncooperative.

ICE Acting Director Tom Homan said in a statement that sanctuary jurisdictions "are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration".

"ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities", Homan said.

In Philadelphia, 107 illegal immigrants were arrested, while 101 were arrested in Los Angeles and 45 people were arrested in NY.

Denver recently barred immigration agents from interviewing inmates without a warrant although it does notify ICE about inmate releases.

Thursday's news followed months of tough stances from the Trump administration regarding sanctuary jurisdictions.

In Orange County, Santa Ana officially declared itself a sanctuary in January. Federal leaders criticized the county jail for not notifying ICE agents before releasing Martinez after several arrests.

According to ICE, 317 out of the 498 people taken into custody as part of the operation had a conviction of some kind.

"I think ICE ought to focus on the kinds of folks that we've been focusing on, which are violent, unsafe criminals who've been convicted of significant crimes", said Baker.

The Times said 167 arrests were made in and around Los Angeles, while 107 more arrests were made in Philadelphia, an ICE statement said.

As in past operations, ICE officials said they primarily went after people with criminal pasts and said participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA, were not targeted.

In Los Angeles, 101 people were arrested.

Juntos accused ICE of using "Gestapo style tactics in the name of public safety" during the raids.

"We will continue to voluntarily cooperate on requests from federal immigration enforcement within the parameters of our local laws."- Spokesperson for New York's Office of Immigration Affairs.

Further, Matthew Albence, the executive associate director of ICE said how they won't stop enforcing the laws that they are authorized and required to do.


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