50 in Mass. Sanctuary Cities Arrested During Nationwide ICE Raids

50 in Mass. Sanctuary Cities Arrested During Nationwide ICE Raids

"Safe City" targeted people who violated federal immigration law, with priority given to individuals with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges or known gang membership. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in July said local jurisdictions would have to allow ICE agents access to jails and honor immigration detainers in order to be eligible for certain criminal justice grants.

"ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities", Homan said.

County officials have said multiple times the county is not a sanctuary jurisdiction because the county cooperates with ICE to inform the agency about people convicted of crimes released from the county's jail system. The others took place in Baltimore (28), Cook County, Illinois, (30), Denver (63), Los Angeles (101), NY (45), Portland, Oregon, (33), Santa Clara County, California, (27), Washington, DC, (14), and the state of MA (50).

Philadelphia saw the largest number of arrests, 107.

ICE detailed just four of the MA arrests, including one in Boston of a "citizen of India who entered the US illegally" and was once convicted of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 years old and required to register as a sex offender.

According to ICE, 317 out of the 498 people taken into custody as part of the operation had a conviction of some kind.

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Prior to our FOIA-ing the data from ICE, which revealed at least 31 undercover arrests had occurred at Denver's courthouses between October and May, city officials only knew about a handful of such arrests, including those documented by videos made by members of the Meyer Law Office.

However, many local law enforcement agencies insist the exact opposite, claiming that any perceived association between themselves and the threat of federal immigration tactics is a detriment to serving their communities. They also were held in jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not being honored.

In 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.

Officials also noted that individuals with an active DACA status were not targeted for arrest. Arrested in Boston was a citizen of India who entered the US illegally and was required to register as a sex offender after being convicted of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.

"By passing this bill, California politicians have chosen to prioritize politics over public safety", Homan said.

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