ICE arrests 232 people in four-day raid of California's Bay Area

ICE Dir. Thomas Homan

ICE announced deportation officers arrested more than 150 people who are in the US illegally during the raid, noting roughly half of them have criminal convictions.

A person from El Salvador previously deported and convicted of assault was arrested by ICE.

Federal immigration agents arrested more than 150 people in California in the days after Schaaf's warning of the raids, the agency announced Tuesday.

The sweeps, which also occurred in the Bay Area and extended into the Bakersfield area, included 115 people who had previous felony convictions for serious or violent offices like child sex crimes or weapons charges, officials said.

"Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield risky criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety", Homan said.




House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today released a statement criticizing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency [ICE] for busting down doors of homes of suspected illegal aliens and arresting illegal aliens in Northern California. Of those, he said, 81% had criminal convictions. However, ICE no longer exempts classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. "ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California". Pelosi decries the arrest of the half of the immigrants who did not violate any other United States law other than to live here illegally and who now face deportation. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.

This did not win her any friends among law enforcement.

"Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield unsafe criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety", Homan said in a statement.

Perhaps the part of Homan's statement that received the most attention in the media, however, was: "ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community". Despite the severe challenges that this law creates for ICE, we remain committed to our public safety mission and we will continue to do our sworn duty to seek out unsafe criminal aliens and other immigration violators.

San Francisco, where Pelosi's congressional district is located, is a "sanctuary city", limiting its cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents in order to protect low-priority, low danger immigrants from deportation.

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