MALIBU—Federal authorities announced on Thursday, September 28, that more than 100 people were arrested during a four-day nationwide immigration sweep that targeted areas deemed “sanctuary jurisdictions” for immigrants in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
According to a press release issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials, also known as ‘ICE,’ the operation was targeted towards immigrants in violation of U.S. immigration laws.
Officials stated that “Operation Safe City,” as the raid was termed, “prioritized aliens with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, known gang members and affiliates, immigration fugitives and those who re-entered the U.S. after deportation.” Local sanctuary cities that were affected in this nationwide immigration sweep include: San Bernardino, Santa Ana and Malibu. Officials noted to the press that no one registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was targeted during the raid.
ICE officials reported that out of the 498 immigrants arrested during the national sweep, 101 people arrested were from Los Angeles and surrounding areas. The series of arrests placed Philadelphia with the highest number, 107, and Los Angeles a close second with 101 arrests. According to reports, more immigration sweeps are expected to take place by ICE in the coming months.