ICE carried out operations specifically targeting sanctuary cities where local government do not cooperate with immigration law.
Here is a positive sign that Donald Trump is keeping his promises regarding sanctuary cities. While local officials withhold cooperation with federal authorities, the federal government is, nevertheless, devoting resources to enforce the law. Without these efforts there is no point in pretending there is a law, because a law only exists to the extent it is enforced.
The Los Angeles Times reports, “ICE arrests hundreds of immigrants in ‘sanctuary cities’ around the nation, California.”
Immigration officials on Thursday announced hundreds of arrests in an operation targeting communities where police and elected officials have refused to fully cooperate on enforcing federal immigration laws.
ICE said it arrested 167 people in and around Los Angeles, a region in which several cities and counties have been tagged by justice officials as being so-called sanctuaries — a loosely defined term used to describe local governments that restrict police from assisting immigration authorities in identifying and detaining people suspected of being in the country illegally.
Arrests were also made in San Francisco and San Jose. Overall, ICE said it arrested nearly 500 people across the country over the last few days.
The surge of arrests was similar in size to several past operations ICE has carried out in recent years. But the focus on places deemed by justice officials to be soft on illegal immigration served to ratchet up an already tense standoff.
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