ICE officers arrested 248 people in Philadelphia during a week-long operation that targeted illegal immigrants.
Washington Examiner reports: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tuesday announced the arrest of 248 in just three states, including 50 previously deported.
ICE officials said that the arrests by Enforcement and Removal Operations were in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware. They occurred Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, through Friday, Mar. 10, 2017.
“ICE officers make extraordinary efforts to keep our communities safe, and this operation is just a small example of what they do every day. ERO officers took oaths to protect the homeland and to arrest individuals in violation of immigration laws,” said ERO Philadelphia Acting Field Office Director Jennifer Ritchey in a statement. “This operation resulted in multiple arrests of individuals with violent criminal arrests or convictions in the three-state region,” she added.
The focus was Philadelphia, a so-called “sanctuary city” that has been refusing to comply with ICE demands that city law enforcement detain illegals for arrest.
“In the Philadelphia area, ICE arrested several at-large criminal aliens in which the agency had issued detainers but the City of Philadelphia failed to honor them and released the individuals from custody — a situation that puts the public at unnecessary risk. ICE will continue to conduct targeted enforcement operations, whether local jurisdictions intend to cooperate with ICE or not,” said Ritchey.