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ICE arrests 172 immigrants in sanctuary cities within a six-day span

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The arrests were made in Seattle, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., from October 3-9.

(CNN)A total of 172 immigrants were arrested across six sanctuary cities within a six-day span, according to an announcement from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The arrests were made in Baltimore, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, DC, between October 3-9, according to the statement.

The operation focused on people who were already facing deportation and "were arrested for crimes but were released by state or local law enforcement agencies despite having active immigration detainers in place," the statement said.

According to ICE spokesman Miguel Alvarez, the breakdown of the arrests included:

"The Department will continue to carry out lawful enforcement actions in order to keep our communities safe, regardless of whether or not we have cooperation from state and local officials," said Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, of which ICE is part of.

In the run-up to the November 3 election, ICE and DHS have amplified its criticism of jurisdictions that limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

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