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ICE raids result in arrest of more than 150 Bay Area residents

03 March 2018

ICE deportation officers and special agents arrested 212 individuals for violating federal immigration laws and served 122 notices of inspection (NOIs) to businesses in the Los Angeles area of responsibility (AOR) during a five-day targeted operation.

We suggested that it is more likely that the Justice Department will increase its efforts to enforce 8 U.S.C. 1373 - "Communication between government agencies and the Immigration and Naturalization Service". In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for the Justice Department said it "does not confirm or deny the existence or nonexistence of investigations".

Last weekend's roundup and arrest of 150 illegal aliens in Northern California in "Operation Keep Safe" and Homan's strongly worded condemnation of Schaaf indicates that ICE is not yet ready to pack up its bags and leave the Golden State - despite the lack of cooperation from the state's officials, from Governor Brown on down.

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Federal immigration officials concluded Wednesday a days-long sweep of Northern California in the days since a warning of their raid was blasted out by a public official - a move which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says "created another magnet for more illegal immigration".

The sweep became controversial after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put out a warning saying she had learned ICE was conduction an operation, and telling illegal immigrants to take necessary steps. Additionally, a person from Mexico who also was previously deported and convicted of battery on a spouse and burglary was arrested. In the Bay Area, 864 undocumented individuals "remain at large" in part because of Schaaf's warning, ICE deputy director Thomas D. Homan said in the press release.

"My statement on Saturday was meant to give all residents time to learn their rights and know their legal options", Schaaf said Tuesday in a statement. She added that Oakland, as a sanctuary city, had not broken any laws. Jerry Brown down to local mayors have resisted a Trump administration immigration crackdown that they contend is arbitrarily hauling in otherwise law-abiding people and splitting up families that include US -born children. Among that group, 115 people had prior felonies or had significant or multiple misdemeanors.

In a statement, ICE officials said the federal law enforcement organization has been negatively impacted by California's "sanctuary" policy that has limited communication with local law enforcement partners. Recent legislation has negatively impacted ICE operations in California by almost eliminating all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state by prohibiting local law enforcement from contracting with the federal government to house detainees.

ICE raids result in arrest of more than 150 Bay Area residents