DHS nabs 128 illegals in sweep of California ‘sanctuary cities’


ICE agents, like those shown in this image from an earlier operation, rounded up 128 illegal aliens in an operation focusing on sanctuary cities in California. (Screen snip, YouTube, Reuters, VOA)

Fox News is reporting a five-day operation in California that “targeted sanctuary cities” resulted in 128 detentions of illegal aliens, according to Department of Homeland Security, and the roundup included people convicted of, or wanted for, such crimes as “murder, child sex offenses and domestic violence.”

“Operation Rise” was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents between Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. The Fox report noted “96 percent of those arrested had convictions or pending charges.”

The operation did not get much attention, except from Fox and MSN.

Scores of cities around the country have designated themselves as “sanctuary cities” and restrict the ability of their local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with ICE and Homeland Security. As a result, these cities have become magnets for illegal aliens, say critics of the “sanctuary” crusade.

One man arrested during last week’s sweep was described as a 40-year-old who had been convicted of first-degree murder in 2009. He had been sentenced to a term of 25 years to live, yet he was out of prison and in August, ICE reportedly issued a detainer that was ignored by the Los Angeles County jail so he was released into the community.

According to KPIX, the local CBS affiliate in San Francisco, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf explained, “Unfortunately, certain local politicians, including many in California continue to put politics over public safety. Instead of fulfilling our shared mission to protect our communities, they would rather play politics with the law by enacting so-called Sanctuary City policies to the detriment of our country’s safety. Operation Rise is proof-positive that we will never back down from enforcing the rule of law, with or without the cooperation of local politicians.

“Our obligation to protect American citizens from illegal aliens who rape, murder and otherwise commit violent crimes against our communities does not stop at the borders of a so-called sanctuary city,” he said, according to Fox.

Illegal immigration was a campaign hot button issue during the 2016 presidential race, but now President Donald Trump can claim he’s tried to do something about it by building hundreds of miles of border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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