U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Fugitive Operations teams arrested 498 individuals from 42 countries for federal immigration violations in multiple cities across the U.S. during a four-day operation that ended Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
Called Operation ‘Safe City,’ the raids focused on so-called Sanctuary jurisdictions - cities and regions with policies of limiting cooperation with Federal immigration enforcement officers.
Operation Safe City arrests took place in Baltimore (28), Cook County, Illinois (30), Denver (63), Los Angeles (101), New York (45), Philadelphia (107), Portland, Ore. (33), Santa Clara County, Calif (27); and Washington, D.C. (14) and the state of Massachusetts (50).
According to local reports, in New York, some of these arrests have occurred at courthouses and other locations traditionally considered as "safe zones." In other states, advocates are concerned that immigration enforcers are chipping away at the protections offered by these safe zones. Three examples: Immigration agents detained six men after they left a church homeless shelter in Virginia; they removed a woman with a brain tumor from a Texas hospital and put her back in detention; and they arrested a father after he dropped off his daughter at school in Los Angeles.
How do I protect myself and my loved ones?
Know your rights. In this climate of unpredictable and increased presence of immigration officers in our communities, it is important for immigrants to know their rights in the event that they come in contact with police or immigration agents. Please read our blog post, Know Your Rights - A Quick Guide for Immigrants, for more information.
Remember, regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights. Here's a short video from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to help you remember your rights.