Trump to Execute Massive Operation Targeting Illegal Aliens in Sanctuary Cities
The operations could take place as soon as this week in California
The Trump administration is making preparations for a wide range of enforcement operations targeting illegal aliens in three sanctuary jurisdictions, according to reports.
The operations, which will be executed by The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), will target California, Denver, and Philadelphia.
The operation could also include other cities and jurisdictions across the country.
The operations, which could take place as soon as this week in California, was first reported by The Washington Post.
Chad Wolf, the Acting Homeland Security Secretary, may travel to at least one of the areas, reports added.
“We do not comment on any law enforcement sensitive issues that may adversely impact our officers and the public,” an ICE spokesperson said in a statement.
“However, every day as part of routine operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targets and arrests criminal aliens and other individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws.”
Currently, Sanctuary cities forbid local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials, most notably with ICE detainers.
ICE detainers are requested for illegal immigrants to be transferred until they can be detained by ICE and face deportation proceedings.
Supporters of the policies argue the method keeps communities safe by encouraging cooperation between illegal immigrants and police.
But critics argue that the policies result in the release of criminal illegal immigrants.
The ICE spokesperson said:
“ICE is forced to arrest at-large criminal aliens out in the communities instead of under the safe confines of a jail.”
ICE announced earlier this month the arrests of 2,000 illegal immigrants from 20 countries in a series of operations in July and August.
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On Tuesday, ICE announced the arrest of a number of criminal illegal aliens after they were released by the sanctuary county of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
Twelve criminal illegal aliens in Mecklenburg County were arrested last week by ICE agents, which had a sanctuary policy since December 2018.
In the sting operation, half of the illegal aliens arrested had been released by Mecklenburg County communities despite ICE lodging detainers on them.
The ICE detainers are requests for them to be transferred into their custody and face deportation.