On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced 252 arrests, many of which included immigrants who committed criminal offenses.
As part of a four-day operation this week in Northern California (232 arrests) and the Kansas City, Missouri, metro area (20 arrests), ICE rounded up more than 100 people who had prior felony convictions for things like violent offenses and child sex crimes.
In California, the detained individuals included 180 who either were convicted criminals or failed to depart from the United States despite an order of removal.
ICE indicated that many of the detainees will face criminal charges or deportation:
Some of the individuals arrested during this operation will face federal criminal prosecutions for illegal entry and illegal re-entry after deportation. The arrestees who are not being federally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States. Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country.
This week's operations were just the latest in a long line conducted under President Donald Trump's administration.
Although the president pledged multiple times to get tough on immigration and criminal immigrants, in particular, some places like California have enacted so-called “sanctuary” practices, which block local law enforcement's cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
ICE suggested that California made it more likely that more immigrants without criminal convictions would face arrest.
“ICE has no choice but to continue to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community,” the agency said Friday.
Sanctuary jurisdictions caught a lot of attention after a jury found Jose Garcia Zarate — the man who shot Kate Steinle after a San Francisco prison ignored a federal request and released him — not guilty.
In a statement after the verdict, ICE Deputy Director Tom Homan ripped San Francisco and other so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions for endangering their constituents' lives.
“It is unconscionable,” Homan said, “that politicians across this country continue to endanger the lives of Americans with sanctuary policies while ignoring the harm inflicted on their constituents.”