ICE arrests 498 people in cities with sanctuary protections

The Justice Department’s wannabe gestapo arrested nearly 500 undocumented immigrants in cities with sanctuary protections this week. The raids, dubbed Operation “Safe City” — which sounds like a compliment? — took place over four days in 42 counties where ICE is restricted from entering jails and prisons and/or denied requests to detain immigrants whom the agency wants to deport.

The ICE website bragged about the arrests on Thursday with a statement saying the operation prioritized “aliens with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, known gang members and affiliates, immigration fugitives and those who re-entered the U.S. after deportation,” but agency data does not support this. Of the 498 immigrants arrested, 181 have no criminal record. The most common violation among those who do have criminal charges was the all-American tradition of “driving under the influence.”

The sweep reflects the rise in ICE arrests under the Trump administration. The deportation rate during the 2017 fiscal year is slightly lower than it was during President Obama’s last year in office, but arrests are up 43 percent. The operation also comes days after a federal judge temporarily blocked the DOJ from denying federal grant money to sanctuary cities in a lawsuit filed by the city of Chicago.

Cities targeted in Operation “Safe City” included Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, and Washington, D.C. Members of these communities can direct pleas for humanity and critiques of Jefferson Beauregard Session III’s ugly ass baby face to ICE’s immigration crime hotline here.

[photo: Getty]

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