Sanctuaries No More: ICE Arrests 500 Illegals in Sanctuary City Sweeps

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to be making good on his promise to crack down on sanctuary cities.

In an a nationwide sweep of criminal aliens most here illegally this week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  arrested 498 illegals across ten sanctuary jurisdictions in what they officially called “Operation Safe City.”

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The number of arrests per area were; Baltimore (28), Cook County, Illinois [Chicago] (30), Denver (63), Los Angeles (101), New York (45), Philadelphia (107), Portland, Ore. (33), Santa Clara County, Calif [San Jose] (27);  Washington, D.C. (14), and the state of Massachusetts (50).

The operation was specifically carried out in sanctuary cities, “where ICE deportation officers are denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not honored”

ICE Acting Director Tom Homan explained:

“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,As a result, ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities.”

Some highlights of the low-lives arrested in sanctuary cities include:

  • Baltimore: a citizen of El Salvador who entered the U.S. illegally on a fraudulent passport, and was previously charged with attempted murder/conspiracy to commit murder and convicted of first degree assault. She was previously released from local custody before ICE could assume custody.
  • Boston: a citizen of India who entered the U.S. illegally and who was convicted of indecent assault/battery on a person over 14 and was required to register as a sex offender.
  • Denver: a citizen of Guatemala with lawful permanent legal status who was previously convicted of felony menacing, 6 DUIs, child abuse, assault and domestic violence harassment.
  • Los Angeles: a citizen of Mexico and documented Colonia Chiques gang member who entered the United States illegally. At the time of his arrest, the subject rammed multiple law enforcement vehicles in an effort to evade arrest. After he was placed under arrest, a search of his person revealed a loaded handgun in his pocket. The subject was turned over to local authorities and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, probation in possession of firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm in public.


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