Latest ICE Raids Target Sanctuary Cities
Around 167 people in Southern California and 27 in the San Francisco Bay Area were arrested by federal immigration officials last week as part of a nationwide immigration sweep targeting sanctuary cities. Eight states were included in the raids, dubbed Operation Safe City, with a total of 498 arrests nationwide.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has carried out these kind of raids before. But the focus on cities with sanctuary policies is unique. It underscores the Trump Administration’s defiance on the issue, even as it faces potential setbacks in the courts.
“It’s clearly a political move,” said Talia Inlender, an attorney and immigrant advocate in Los Angeles.
Of the 498 people arrested, 317 had prior criminal convictions, according to ICE. The most common conviction was driving under the influence of alcohol. Some of the individuals had a history of even more serious crimes, however, including rape, battery, and burglary.