Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 498 criminal illegal aliens from across the U.S. during a four day operation that ended on Wednesday. The operation ‘Safe City’ prioritized counties where ICE detainers are not honored.
ICE stated that the operation arrest took place in cities ‘Baltimore (28), Cook County, Illinois (30), Denver (63), Los Angeles (101), New York (45), Philadelphia (107), Seattle (33), Santa Clara County, Calif (27); and Washington, D.C. (14) and the state of Massachusetts (50).’
“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.
Unfortunately, even with increased arrest deportations have actually gone down from last year.
“Despite President Trump’s push for tougher immigration enforcement, U.S. agents are on pace to deport fewer people in the government’s 2017 fiscal year than during the same period last year,” per the Washington Post’s Nick Miroff.
“As of Sept. 9, three weeks before the end of the 2017 fiscal year, ICE had deported 211,068 immigrants … ICE removed 240,255 people during the government’s 2016 fiscal year… The lower totals are not for lack of effort. According to ICE, its agents have made 43 percent more arrests since Trump took office versus the same period last year.”