The arrests were made in Baltimore, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, DC, between October 3-9, according to the statement.
The operation is aimed at people already facing deportation and “arrested for crimes but released by state or local law enforcement agencies despite the presence of active immigration detainers,” the statement said.
More than 80% of those arrested “had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of arrest.”
According to ICE spokesman Miguel Alvarez, the arrests included damage:
- 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 ensure that our communities are kept safe, regardless of whether we have or cooperation from state and local officials,” said Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, of which ICE is part of.
“Politics will not come before safety when the law is enforced and our citizens are kept safe,” Wolf said.