The arrests came in Baltimore, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, D.C. from October 3 to 9, according to the statement.
The statement said the operation focused on people who were already facing deportation and “have been arrested for crimes but have been released by state or local law enforcement agencies despite the presence of active immigration detainees.”
More than 80% of the detainees “had a criminal conviction or pending criminal offense at the time of their arrest.”
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Miguel Alvarez, the details of the arrests included:
- 54 in New York
- 35 in Seattle
- 34 in Denver
- 26 in Philadelphia
- 12 in Baltimore
- 11 in Washington, D.C.
“The department will continue to implement legal enforcement measures in order to keep our communities safe, regardless of whether or not we have the cooperation of state and local officials,” said Chad Wolf, acting secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is part of.
“Policy will not come before safety when applying the law and keeping our citizens safe,” Wolf said.