Nearly 500 people arrested nationwide during ICE's 'Safe City' operation, 33 in Portland

In this Feb. 9, 2017, photo provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE agents at a home in Atlanta, during a targeted enforcement operation aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens. The Homeland Security Department said Feb. 13, that 680 people were arrested in roundups last week targeting immigrants living illegally in the United States. (Bryan Cox/ICE via AP)

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested nearly 500 people nationwide during a four-day operation dubbed "Safe City" earlier this week. Thirty-three of those arrests were in Portland.

The operation was focused on targeting people who have violated immigration law, especially those who have re-entered the country after deportation, and those with pending criminal charges or criminal convictions.

ICE targeted sanctuary cities like Portland, Baltimore and Los Angeles, whose local and state leaders have pledged to protect undocumented immigrants living in their communities.

“Sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honor detainers or allow us access to jails and prisons are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration,” said ICE Acting Director Tom Homan. “As a result, ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities.”

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