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ICE targets enforcement in "sanctuary" jurisdictions in Operation "Safe City"

  1. Date Announced

    Sept. 28, 2017

    In September 2017 Operation "Safe City," ICE made 498 arrests in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Analysis by the Migration Policy Institute notes that ICE's Operation Safe City makes arrests in jurisdictions that all have limited-cooperation policies.

    [ID #321]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Sept. 28, 2017
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Interior
Agencies Affected: ICE

Commentary

Revving Up the Deportation Machinery: Enforcement Under Trump and the Pushback

The engine that fueled ICE’s peak effectiveness—the intersection of federal immigration enforcement with state and local criminal justice systems—is being throttled by state and local policies that limit cooperation with ICE. Nearly 70 percent of ICE arrests in the early Trump months originated with local jails and state prisons, a sizeable share that is nonetheless down from more than 85 percent in fiscal 2008-11. Beyond sanctuary policies, the report finds growing resistance at other levels. Some cities are changing policing practices to reduce noncitizen arrests, such as decriminalizing driving without a license. Immigrant advocates are conducting more “know-your-rights” trainings, teaching people they do not have to open their doors to ICE. And others are mobilizing to monitor ICE operations in the field, or increasing funding for legal representation for those facing removal hearings.

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