Following the “sanctuary city” of Philadelphia’s continued refusal to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement pertaining to criminal alien detention requests, ICE initiated an immigration crackdown in an effort to stop the public being place in a situation of ‘unnecessary risk’ in the name of political correctness.
In a public statement Tuesday, ICE explained that their Enforcement and Removal Operations targeting the Philadelphia area and spanning across three states lead to the arrests of 248 criminal aliens, including 50 that have already been previously deported.
Jennifer Ritchey, the ERO Philadelphia Acting Field Office Director additionally explained in a public statement that “ICE officers make extraordinary efforts to keep our communities safe, and this operation is just a small example of what they do every day. ERO officers took oaths to protect the homeland and to arrest individuals in violation of immigration laws.”
Ritchey further added that “This operation resulted in multiple arrests of individuals with violent criminal arrests or convictions in the three-state region.”
As the Washington Examiner reports, the arrests were a result of field operations which took place between Feb. 27th to Mar. 10th, targeting the “sanctuary city” of Philadelphia and subsequently included great parts Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware.
The focus was Philadelphia, a so-called “sanctuary city” that has been refusing to comply with ICE demands that city law enforcement detain illegals for arrest.
“In the Philadelphia area, ICE arrested several at large criminal aliens in which the agency had issued detainers but the City of Philadelphia failed to honor them and released the individuals from custody — a situation that puts the public at unnecessary risk. ICE will continue to conduct targeted enforcement operations, whether local jurisdictions intend to cooperate with ICE or not,” said Ritchey.
Key highlights in the ICE statement:
— 120 had a conviction and/or pending charges or 48 percent (88 of those arrested had criminal convictions and 32 of those arrested have pending criminal charges).
— In addition, 50 had been previously removed from the United States and subsequently illegally re-entered.
To the all ICE agents out there and our great nation’s law enforcement community who are fighting the good fight to make our streets a safer place while keeping their oath to defend the Constitution of the United States… We salute you.