- They confirm the second national ICE raid.
- More than 170 undocumented immigrants were detained in the second national ICE raid.
- The second national ICE raid was carried out in sanctuary cities, where immigrants are supposed to have a higher level of protection.
The second national ICE raid was carried out in sanctuary cities in the United States and left more than 170 arrests.
Citing statements by the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Chad Wolf, issued this Friday, the news agency Efe reported that more than 170 undocumented immigrants have been detained in the second major national operation by federal authorities in a strategy focused on cities declared a “sanctuary” for immigrants.
The operation “Operation Rise” was developed between October 3 and October 9 in Seattle, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and the US capital, Efe detailed.
All these areas have passed laws that limit the voluntary collaboration of the local police with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office (ICE) in the application of immigration laws, which are the exclusive competence of the federal government.
“The policies of Sanctuary City are a threat to the Homeland and endanger the security of the American people so that certain local politicians can win cheap political points at the cost of the lives and safety of Americans,” Wolf stressed at the conference of press.
This is the second appearance of the Secretary so far this month to announce the arrests, which has been cataloged by activists and immigrant advocates as a political act in the middle of the electoral campaign in favor of the re-election of President Donald Trump.
On October 7, Wolf announced the arrest of 128 immigrants in the course of a five-day raid in California, which primarily targeted the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, and charged against these regulations.
Despite accusations by immigrant advocates, Wolf today defended his actions saying that “politics will not prevail over safety in enforcing the law and keeping our citizens safe.”
Wolf elaborated, saying that last fiscal year, more than 80 percent of the people arrested by ICE had criminal convictions or charges pending.