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Operation Safe City nets immigration charges in New York

An operation implemented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resulted in arrests across the nation. Titled Operation Safe City, ICE agents have entered sanctuary cities to arrest unauthorized individuals on immigration charges over a three-day period that ended Sept. 27. Several people were arrested in New York, with hundreds more being apprehended in major cities all over the United States. 

The ICE Acting Director Tom Holman accused sanctuary cities of shielding criminal immigrants from accountability for crimes. Sanctuary cities typically do not allow customs enforcement officers into local jails or allow access to immigrants within municipal institutions. ICE has responded by increasing the number of enforcement officers arresting individuals on the streets. 

New York mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Immigrant Affairs has spoken out, stating that they are willing to cooperate with ICE within the confines of local law. ICE maintains that it wishes to foster positive relationships with local law enforcement while still protecting others from individuals who violate the law. The federal agency reported arresting 498 individuals from 42 countries, many of whom have criminal arrest records, but only a handful of whom were gang-affiliated or charged with child sex crimes. Forty-five individuals from New York were arrested. 

In recent times, ICE has stepped up the numbers of immigration charges levied against immigrants. New York has been considered a sanctuary city, but ICE officials are working independently to arrest and detain potential violators. In New York, a person charged with an immigration crime may wish to contact a lawyer for help with his or her case.  

Source: qchron.com, "No details on ICE's Operation "Safe City"", Anthony O'reilly, Oct. 5, 2017

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