ICE Rolls Up 500 Criminal Aliens Hiding Out In Sanctuary Cities

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it did not target any beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Officials with ICE arrested 500 people across the country, targeting those who violated USA immigration laws who were wanted for assault, domestic violence, burglary, rape, drug and weapons charges.

Of the 498 arrestees nationwide, 317 had criminal convictions and 18 were gang members, according to ICE.

In Baltimore, a citizen of El Salvador who entered the USA illegally on a fraudulent passport, and was previously charged with attempted murder/conspiracy to commit murder and convicted of first degree assault.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it arrested almost 500 people from communities in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York and the state of MA, among others.

Officials say all 28 individuals in Maryland were detained on civil immigration violations not criminal charges, which now allows ICE to identify them publicly.

In the meantime, ICE has stepped up immigration arrests in sanctuary cities, drawing the protest from state and local officials. The bulk of the arrests occurred in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, New York City, and Massachusetts, ICE said on Thursday.

The latest figures from ICE indicate 26 people were arrested in Washington state, including in Vancouver, Seattle, Federal Way, and Everett. 9, ICE had made 43% more arrests year-over-year, reports the Washington Post.

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Almost 500 people were arrested during four days of ICE raids in "sanctuary cities" this week, according to acting ICE director Tom Homan. "The targets in MA were criminal aliens, those who were fugitives or those who illegally re-entered the U.S.", ICE said in a statement.

Some have passed local laws limiting compliance with federal immigration laws or shielding some immigrants facing deportation.

"Non-cooperation policies severely undermine that effort at the expense of public safety", he added.

Baker declined to comment on the federal government specifically targeting sanctuary cities. "When members of an immigrant community lose the trust of local law-enforcement, it makes everyone less safe", Campos said.

For county officials and local law-enforcement, that argument rings hollow.

Talia Inlender, a senior staff attorney at Public Counsel, which advocates for immigrants, told the Times she believed the enforcement was politically motivated.

In Boston, ICE noted that a citizen of India who was forced to register as a sex offender after a conviction of indecent assault and battery was arrested. "(ICE) is creating fear and panic in these communities, and in so doing are making them less safe".

"I really do think the focus of these should be on what I'd call convicted risky criminals", Baker, a Republican, told reporters at the Statehouse on Friday.

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