ICE agents detained 498 illegals in a 4-day sanctuary City sting. Of those arrested:
- 317 had criminal convictions
- 68 are immigration fugitives
- 104 are previously deported criminal aliens
- 18 are gang members or affiliates
ICE Director Tom Homan said in a statement that sanctuary cities are driving the focus of ICE operations into those major areas. I guess we should really thank sanctuary cities for condensing the target areas for ICE.
The targeted cities included:
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (107)
- Los Angeles, California (101)
- Denver, Colorado (63)
- Massachusetts statewide (50)
- New York City, New York (45)
- Portland, Oregon (33)
- Cook County, Illinois (30)
- Baltimore, Maryland (28)
- Santa Clara County, California (27)
- Washington, D.C. (14)
Homan also said:
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,” Homan said. “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.
Many of the illegal aliens arrested in the operation will face federal prosecutions for re-entering the U.S. after being deported, while others will be immediately removed.
Admittedly, 500 illegals arrested is not enough. I would say that it’s a good start. Maybe we are finally changing the attitude in this country. We are a nation of laws and we need real change before it’s too late!