ICE agents conducted a series of raids in Chicago spanning six days which led to the arrest of 156 illegal immigrants. Homeland Security announced the successful apprehension of 156 illegal immigrants Tuesday in the latest sweep targeting "sanctuary city" jurisdictions. The raids have led to some local and state law enforcement refusing to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, have some of the most blatant disregards for federal immigration law. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division field office director Ricardo Wong said, "Sanctuary cities’ not only provide refuge to illegal aliens, but they also protect criminal aliens who prey on people in their own communities. The Chicago area is safer today because of the hard work of the men and women of ERO."
The six-day long operation ended last Thursday and targeted illegal immigrants as well as legal immigrants who lost eligibility to stay in the country due to criminal records. ICE officials say the majority of the targets of the operation have criminal records, have snuck back into the country after being deported, or were ordered to leave but failed to do so. Those who support the violation of our country's laws gathered in protest of the raids Thursday.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Community speaking out on ICE raids on the Southwest side of Chicago <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/not1more?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#not1more</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/protection4all?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#protection4all</a> <a href="https://t.co/IzzbevSSTf">https://t.co/IzzbevSSTf</a></p>— BPNC (@BPNCchicago) <a href="https://twitter.com/BPNCchicago/status/999680423289597952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 24, 2018</a></blockquote>
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During the operation, ICE came in contact with some illegals who were not being directly targeted but were also arrested in the process. The sweeping raids are the exact opposite of the previous administration which sought to give illegal immigrants more rights than legal citizens by giving them shortcuts to citizenship and even driver's licenses despite being in the country illegally.
According to the ICE website, "Of the 156 arrested, 74 had criminal convictions. One hundred forty-seven men and nine women were arrested; they range in age from 19 to 64 years old. Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following 11 countries: Mexico (125), Guatemala (10), Poland (6), El Salvador (4), Honduras (4), Philippines (2), Ecuador (1), Jamaica (1), Jordan (1), Lithuania (1) and New Zealand (1)."
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