According to a Fox News report Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have made another major roundup in the Los Angeles, California area this week, with over 150 illegal aliens taken into custody.
The arrests were reportedly made across Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported Wednesday that ICE has arrested over 100 aliens in the “uncooperative” Los Angeles area, which is a known sanctuary city where illegal aliens are sheltered by local officials.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they are focusing on “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”
“This means that, ideally, we are working with local police and county jails to identify public safety threats in their custody, who are also in the country illegally, for deportation,” ICE officials said in a statement.
But, they added, in “uncooperative jurisdictions” like Los Angeles, they are being forced to “focus additional resources to conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at risk and increasing the incidents of collateral arrests.”
ICE officials also said that they are no longer following a priority criteria for arrests, so “all of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”
150 illegal immigrants arrested in Los Angeles ICE sweep. Criminal alien: I’m disappointed, I thought this was a sanctuary state!” https://t.co/pby3Jt5lix
— Jessica Vaughan (@JessicaV_CIS) February 14, 2018
— L.A. Daily News (@ladailynews) February 14, 2018