September 21, 2020

Nearly 500 Criminal Illegal Aliens Arrested in National ‘Sanctuary City’ Sting

Nearly 500 criminal illegal aliens were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a four-day operation in sanctuary city jurisdictions, which shield illegal aliens from deportation.

Known as Operation Safe City, ICE agents detained a total of 498 illegal aliens living in sanctuary cities who violated U.S. immigration laws; have criminal convictions or pending criminal charges; are known gang members, immigration fugitives; and those who re-entered the U.S. after already being deported, according to ICE officials.

Illegal aliens who are currently shielded from deportation by the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were not targeted in the operation, though those individuals will become eligible for deportation as their temporary protected status expires over the next two years.

Of the illegal aliens arrested:

  • 317 had criminal convictions
  • 68 are immigration fugitives
  • 104 are previously deported criminal aliens
  • 18 are gang members or affiliates

The sanctuary cities targeted in the operation included:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (107)
  • Los Angeles, California (101)
  • Denver, Colorado (63)
  • Massachusetts statewide (50)
  • New York City, New York (45)
  • Portland, Oregon (33)
  • Cook County, Illinois (30)
  • Baltimore, Maryland (28)
  • Santa Clara County, California (27)
  • Washington, D.C. (14)

Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said in a statement that sanctuary cities’ protection of criminal illegal aliens is driving the federal agency to conduct focused operations in those major areas.

“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,” Homan said. “As a result, ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities.”

“ICE’s goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners to help prevent dangerous criminal aliens from being released back onto the streets. Non-cooperation policies severely undermine that effort at the expense of public safety,” Homan said.

ICE provided a chart of all the criminal convictions by the illegal aliens arrested.

Criminal ConvictionTotalCriminal ConvictionTotal
Aggravated assult6Illegal re-entry5
Agg. assault public officer strong arm2Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child2
Aggravated assault weapon7Invade Privacy1
Amphetamine possession3Larceny9
Amphetamine sell1Marijuana possession1
Assault13Marijuana sell1
Assault – Domestic Violence2Negligent manslaughter vehicle1
Battery4Obstructing justice1
Bribery1Peeping tom1
Burglary5Possession of Cocaine1
Carrying concealed weapon2Possession of Firearm1
Cocaine possession6Possession of weapon5
Cocaine sell5Prostitution5
Contempt of court1Public order crimes1
Controlled Substance4Rape1
Counterfeiting1Receive stolen property1
Cruelty toward child4Robbery strong arm2
Cruelty toward wife1Robbery weapon3
Damage property3Sex assault4
Dangerous drugs7Sex offense against child/fondling10
Disorderly conduct7Sex offense other2
Domestic violence12Sexual exploitation of minor1
Driving under influence86Shoplifting2
Drug Possession8Simple assault2
Drug trafficking14Stolen Property1
Extort threat to injure person1Stolen vehicle1
False citizenship1Theft of us government property1
Forgery2Threat terroristic state offenses1
Fraud4Threat to kidnap1
Harassing communication1Traffic offense other10
Heroin possession1Trespassing3
Heroin sell2Vehicle theft2
Identity theft3Weapon offense11
Illegal entry3Total317

Many of the illegal aliens arrested in the operation will face federal prosecutions for re-entering the U.S. after being deported, while others will be immediately removed.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder

Source: Breitbart