According to the statement, the arrests were made in Baltimore, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, DC.
The operation focused on people who were already threatened with deportation and “were arrested for crimes but released by state or local law enforcement, despite the presence of active detained immigrants at the scene,” the statement said.
More than 80% of those arrested “had a criminal record or a criminal charge at the time of their arrest.”
According to ICE spokesman Miguel Alvarez, the distribution of arrests included:
- 54 in New York
- 35 in Seattle
- 34 in Denver
- 26 in Philadelphia
- 12 in Baltimore
- 11 in Washington, DC
“The department will continue to take legal action to protect our communities, whether or not we work with government and local officials,” said Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the National Security Department, of which ICE is a part.
“Politics will not face security in enforcing the law and protecting our citizens,” Vovk said.