‘At-large criminal alien arrests are among the most dangerous types of enforcement actions ICE officers are engaged in…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested more than 162 illegal aliens over a three-day operation in the Los Angeles area — 90 percent of which had criminal convictions, including for rape, crimes against children, and manslaughter.
The arrests targeted “at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives,” ICE said in a release.
And in many of the cases, the aliens had been previously released back into the community by local law enforcement officials who ignored ICE’s instructions.
The agency noted that in 53 of the arrest cases, ICE had filed detainers with local law enforcement officials notifying them of its intent to assume custody of the illegal immigrants.
“At-large criminal alien arrests are among the most dangerous types of enforcement actions ICE officers are engaged in on a daily basis,” said David Marin, field office director for ICE enforcement and removal operations in Los Angeles. “Thanks to their remarkable efforts, there are 143 fewer criminals on the streets. We will continue to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests to ensure the safety of the law-abiding citizens of our Southland communities.”
Overall, federal immigration authorities have announced more than 650 arrests since March in California.
The immigration crackdown comes as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice are challenging the state’s sanctuary policy, designed to protect undocumented immigrants.
President Donald Trump has stressed the importance of local law enforcement working with federal officials to remove illegals with criminal records, and this weekend’s sweep proves why that’s important.
One of the state’s sanctuary policies, known as the California Values Act, limits local and state law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Sessions and other opponents of the bill say it jeopardizes the safety of the public because it makes it harder for ICE to detain incarcerated immigrants once local law enforcement releases them back to the streets.