ICE arrests 176 in “Operation Rise” sanctuary city crackdown – and Democrats are losing their minds


Earlier this month, Law Enforcement Today reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had set out a plan, named “Operation Rise”, to arrest illegal immigrants, mostly with previous criminal records, from sanctuary states where local law enforcement would not cooperate. 

Holding true to their promise, on October 7th, ICE announced the arrest of 128 criminal illegal immigrants in California, but they had no intention of stopping there. 

On Friday, October 16th, ICE released a statement detailing that they were able to take one hundred seventy-six people into custody in New York, Denver, Washington, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia.

Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said at a Philadelphia news conference:

“Operation Rise is proof-positive that we will never back down from enforcing the rule of law, with or without the cooperation of local political leaders,” 

Just further proving why these raids are so important, Wolf noted that out of the 176 individuals arrested, about 140 of them have criminal records or pending charges. 

According to Wolf, in September, ICE had put a detainer request on a 33-year-old Brazilian citizen in Philadelphia, however Philadelphia police ignored their request. 

Wolf explained that they had put a detainer request on the man because he has a rap sheet that includes aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime, terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment, Fox News reported. 

Wolf said:

“This person is now in ICE custody, where he will remain pending removal proceedings.”

Many have accused ICE of staging these raids for political reasons, given the fact that the election is right around the corner, which Wolf has denied. 

He said:

“Operation Rise, again, has nothing to do with politics, elections, Democrats, Republicans or anything of the like,”

He continued:

“We are targeting jurisdictions that have sanctuary policies.”

ICE has repeatedly expressed that it is fundamental that local police agencies cooperate with the detainer requests, however they have expressed that departments in “sanctuary cities” are less than helpful when it comes to turning over illegal immigrants. 

ICE recently wrote on their website that when police departments ignore ICE detainer requests, they are putting communities in danger, as most offenders go on to commit additional crimes once they are released back into the public. 

The ICE website states:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) relies on the exchange of information with its law enforcement agency (LEA) partners to access foreign-born inmates at local, state, and federal facilities, and the use of detainers (Form l-247A) as part of its public safety mission. In many cases, these individuals pose a demonstrable threat to communities.

“By lodging detainers against those individuals, ICE makes every effort to ensure that removable aliens are turned over to ICE custody at the conclusion of their criminal detention rather than being released into the community where many abscond or reoffend. For example, we know that one group of criminal aliens that ICE has researched has a recidivism rate of 46%.”

The website then goes on to say the ways that jurisdictions fail to honor ICE detainers, and the effects it causes, saying:

“When jurisdictions fail to honor an ICE detainer, it risks both public and officer safety, and unnecessarily expends ICE’s already-limited resources.

  • In some cases, state or local laws, ordinances, or policies restrict or prohibit cooperation with ICE.
  • In other cases, jurisdictions willfully decline ICE detainers, and refuse to even provide timely notification to ICE of an alien’s release.
  • The results are the same: aliens are released into the community where they may potentially reoffend and harm members of the public.

Above is just a small sample of the types of individuals that are being released into your community and other jurisdictions that do not honor ICE detainers every day.

These are dangerous, criminal aliens illegally present in the United States that local jurisdictions have deemed important enough to arrest and prosecute for their crimes.

Yet, these same jurisdictions are preventing ICE’s lawful, Congressionally-mandated enforcement efforts to enforce the laws its officers and agents are sworn to uphold, against the exact same criminals.

Instead of enforcement actions taking place within the safe confines of local jails, ICE is forced to increase its presence in corresponding communities as a result of these sanctuary policies.”

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Here is another story Law Enforcement Today brought you on 125 illegal criminal immigrants who were released into the sanctuary state of California. 

LOS ANGELES, CA- A news release issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the conclusion of a week-long enforcement operation in which 125 at-large criminal aliens across California were apprehended.

The targeted enforcement action targeted California, which has been the epicenter for sanctuary policies that have virtually eliminated cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the state and ICE.

The operation took place between Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 and targeted criminal aliens subject to removal who were arrested for criminal activity and subsequently released by either state or local law enforcement agencies.

The release noted that all had active immigration detainers in place, and noted that virtually all those arrested, 95%, had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of arrest.


“Unfortunately, certain local politicians, including many in California continue to put politics over public safety. Instead of fulfilling our shared mission to protect our communities, they would rather play politics with the law by enacting so-called sanctuary city policies to the detriment of our country’s safety,” said Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.

“Operation Rise is proof-positive that we will never back down from enforcing the rule of law with or without the cooperation of local politicians.”

Tony H. Pham, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the ICE Director said:

“A part of ICE’s mission is to protect the American people and provide security to our communities. We accomplish this when we are partners and not adversaries with our localities. These partnerships allow ICE to secure dangerous criminal aliens prior to their release into the communities thereby reducing the opportunity for recidivist behavior.”

He continued:

“Unfortunately, California’s sanctuary laws protect and shield criminal aliens, harboring them in our communities where they can potentially reoffend and revictimize.”

The release continued that during the recent enforcement actions, ICE officials had “identified, targeted and arrested many criminal aliens who were previously released from local and state law enforcement custody despite having lawful immigration detainers lodged with local law enforcement officials.

In the Los Angeles area alone, the release said that nearly 100 individuals who were unlawfully present in the country were arrested—with criminal histories including homicide, sexual assault, sex crimes involving children, assault, robbery, domestic violence, and DUI.

Remember, these are the people Democrats, including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris want to not only keep in the country, but allow more of.

Among arrests made during the operation included:

  • A 40-year-old citizen and El Salvadoran national who was arrested on Sept. 29 in Los Angeles, and convicted of first-degree murder in Los Angeles Superior Court in November, 2009. Despite ICE having an active detainer lodged with the Los Angeles County Jail, the jail declined to honor the detainer and released him into the community; he is now in ICE custody pending deportation hearings.
  • A 50-year-old Mexican national and citizen was arrested on Sept. 28, in Long Beach, California, then was convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder in June 1994. Once again, despite an immigration detainer lodged with the LA County Jail, they declined to honor the detainer and released him into the community; he had a final order of removal and was shipped back to Mexico the same day.

DHS and ICE noted that approximately 86% of administrative arrests by ERO in FY2019 were of criminal aliens with criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.

The press release noted that in FY2019, ICE arrested illegals with more than 1,900 convictions and charges for homicide, 1,800 for kidnapping, 12,000 sex offenders, 5,000 for sexual assaults, 45,000 for assaults, 67,000 for drug crimes, 10,000 for weapons offenses and 74,000 DUI’s.

They noted they continue to target criminal aliens and other threats to both public safety as well as national security daily.

ICE doesn’t exempt specific classes or categories of removable aliens from enforcement actions, they said. They noted that all of those in violation of America’s immigration laws are subject to arrest, detention, and, if found removable by final order, removal from the country.

The agency also said that despite the opinions of some on the left, they take numerous factors into account when targeting and arresting individuals, which includes criminal history and immigration history.

ICE slammed sanctuary policies, noting that such policies restrict cooperation between local and state criminal justice authorities and federal immigration authorities, while also impeding the agency’s ability to work with partner agencies. This requires ICE to make apprehensions out in the community rather inside secure jail environs.

The release says:

“ICE maintains that cooperation with local law enforcement is essential to protecting public safety, and the agency aims to work cooperatively with local jurisdictions to ensure that criminal aliens are not released into U.S. communities to commit additional crimes.”


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