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” 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.
- New York: a citizen of Ecuador with lawful permanent resident status who was previously charged with sexual abuse of a minor and convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, and convicted of sexual abuse of a minor under 14. He was previously released from local custody before ICE could assume custody.
- Philadelphia: a citizen of the Dominican Republic, who entered the country illegally and who has previous convictions for possession of firearms. He was previously released from local custody before ICE could assume custody.
- San Francisco: a citizen of El Salvador who entered the country illegally and who has previous convictions for sex with a minor under 16. He was previously released from local custody before ICE could assume custody.
- San Jose: a citizen of Mexico who entered the U.S. on a visa and overstayed that visa for more than 10 years. He was previously convicted of felony possession and purchase of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and felony child cruelty with the possibility of injury or death. He was previously released from local custody before ICE could assume custody.
- Seattle: a citizen of Mexico who entered the country illegally and who has previous convictions for DUI, reckless endangerment and negligent driving.
- Washington, D.C: a citizen of El Salvador who entered the country illegally and who has previous convictions for possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.
Of the 498 individuals taken into custody during this operation for immigration violations; 317 had criminal convictions; 68 are immigration fugitives; 104 are previously deported criminal aliens; and 18 are members of gangs or their affiliates.
According to ICE, many of the of 317 illegals with criminal convictions, were convicted of violent crimes. Note: Criminals with multiple convictions were categorized based on their most serious crime
As all the raids occurred in sanctuary cities, the leaderships of these jurisdictions were prepared to unleash illigals, some of them violent offenders, on their unknowing populations.