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Seattle immigrants targeted in raid of sanctuary cities

Seattle immigrants targeted in raid of sanctuary cities”

ICE said in a statement that the operation focused on "individuals who have violated USA immigration laws, prioritizing aliens with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, known gang members and affiliates, immigration fugitives and those who re-entered the US after deportation". Other arrests took place in Denver (63), MA (50), NY (45), Portland, Oregon (33), Illinois' Cook County (30), Baltimore (28), California's Santa Clara (27) and Washington, D.C. (14). OR is one of those jurisdictions.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said those arrested come from 42 countries and were arrested on federal immigration violations as part of Operation Safe City, which targeted so-called sanctuary cities.

ICE says Operation Safe City targeted people who'd violated immigration laws and prioritized people with convictions or pending charges, known gang members, and immigration fugitives.

The President demanded ICE agents be allowed access to prisons and requested local governments delayed the release of illegal immigrants so that enforcement agents can arrest them.

To counter the problem, Homan said that ICE was forced to allocate more resources and conduct large-scale operations, like the one this week, in those communities.

"These are unsafe individuals we're going after", the official said, adding that's why they would hope for better cooperation from state and local authorities, to help take risky criminal aliens into custody from prisons and jails, where the handoff can be controlled.

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"At every turn illegal immigration activists sue the administration and cooperating local law enforcement to stop increased enforcement efforts", Smith said.

The vast majority of those arrested had criminal convictions or were previously deported. The arrests this week were a stinging rebuke to sanctuary cities, several of which have passed ordinances or policies preventing full cooperation with ICE. As the SF Chronicle reports, 181 of those arrested had no prior criminal conviction, and 27 of them were arrested in San Francisco and Santa Clara County.

Mayor Catherine Pugh and police commissioner Kevin Davis have shied away from enforcing federal immigration laws.

Salvador Sarmiento, a campaign coordinator for the Los Angeles-based National Day Laborers Organizing Network, views the arrests and ICE's publicity about them as a political statement to penalize uncooperative jurisdictions. She was released from local custody before ICE could assume custody, federal authorities said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has continuously warned #sanctuary cities that they faced the risk of missing out on millions in federal funding if they continued with their policies of giving illegal immigrants a safe haven.

A 28-year-old man from Guatemala with convictions for assault-domestic violence (minor injury) and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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