ICE arrests almost 500 in 'sanctuary cities' around the country

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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).

Operation Safe Cities focused on regions where ICE officers are denied access to jails or prisons, and officials refuse agency requests to hold people facing deportation past their release dates so that agents can take custody. OR is one of those jurisdictions.

President Donald Trump's administration ramped up its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities this week when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out countrywide detention raids, arresting 498 people from 42 different counties for alleged violations of federal immigration laws. Young people enrolled in DACA, which bars deportation of those who were illegally brought here as children, were not targeted for arrest, authorities said.

As a result, ICE dedicated more resources to "these communities" for the arrests, he wrote. Of the total Bay Area arrestees, 23 had criminal convictions including drug possession, assault, domestic violence and DUI, and four were previously deported and deemed criminal aliens by federal authorities.

"If ICE believes that someone is a danger to society, they have every opportunity to go and get a warrant so we can properly detain that individual", said Deputy County Executive David Campos.

After some jurisdictions began limiting cooperation with ICE in recent years during the Obama administration, immigration officials prioritized people with criminal convictions released from local jails.

Of the 387 with criminal records, top convictions for those arrested include negligent manslaughter with a vehicle (one person) and sex offense against a child (ten people), as well minor crimes like disorderly conduct (seven), trespassing (three), and shoplifting (two).

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The Times noted the term "sanctuary city" has been around since the 1980s when Berkeley, California and a handful of other municipalities declared themselves open to accepting to Central America immigrants. Eighteen were considered to be gang members or affiliates.

In the meantime, ICE has stepped up immigration arrests in sanctuary cities, drawing the protest from state and local officials.

The latest figures from ICE indicate 26 people were arrested in Washington state, including in Vancouver, Seattle, Federal Way, and Everett.

Chris Newman, legal director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network in Los Angeles, characterized the immigration enforcement sweeps as political.

ICE has since updated its original news release.

"I really do think the focus of these should be on what I'd call convicted unsafe criminals", Baker, a Republican, told reporters at the Statehouse on Friday.

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