Correction: ICE initially sent out a press release Thursday saying 33 arrests were made in Portland, when in fact 33 arrests were made in Oregon and Washington. Seven of those arrests were in Oregon, including four in Portland.
WASHINGTON – Nearly 500 people were arrested during four days of ICE raids in “sanctuary cities” this week, according to acting ICE director Tom Homan.
In Oregon and Washington, 33 arrests were made during the sweep. “Operation Safe City” also focused on Baltimore, Cook County (Ill.), Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Santa Clara County (Calif.), Washington, D.C. and the state of Massachusetts.
“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.”
The operation targeted people who have violated U.S. immigration laws, specifically fugitives, people who re-entered the country after deportation and those with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges or known gang affiliation, according to ICE.
People with active DACA status were not targeted.
Of the 498 people taken into custody for immigration violations, 317 had criminal convictions, 68 were immigration fugitives, 104 were previously deported and 18 were gang members or affiliates.
Those who had outstanding orders of removal or returned to the U.S. illegally after deportation are subject to immediate removal from the country. The rest will be federally prosecuted, processed for removal, or will face an immigration judge.
This is not the first ICE sweep in Portland this year. In March ICE arrested 84 people during a three-day sweep of the Pacific Northwest. Sixty had criminal histories and 24 did not.