28 February 2018 - More Than 150 Arrested in California Immigration Raids
ICE arrests more than 150 people after mayor warned of impending raid
Associated Press (The New York Post, 28/02/2018)
Federal immigration agents arrested more than 150 people in California in the days after Oakland’s mayor gave early warning of the raids, it was announced Tuesday.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced that agents made the arrests in a three-day sweep starting Sunday that covered cities from Sacramento in the north to Stockton in the Central Valley. About half of those arrested for being in the country illegally had criminal convictions, the agency said.
On Saturday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned residents that “credible sources” had told her a sweep was imminent, calling it her “duty and moral obligation” to warn families.
ICE arrests 150 in Northern California and blasts Oakland mayor over her warning
Madison Park (CNN, 28/02/2018)
Since Sunday, federal immigration agents in Northern California have arrested over 150 people alleged to have violated immigration laws, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday. Half of them had criminal convictions, according to the agency.
In the same statement announcing the arrests, the ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan also lashed out at Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who had publicly warned of the impending ICE operations the day before it began.
Schaaf had issued a warning on Saturday and held a press conference the following day, announcing that she had learned that ICE would conduct operations in the Bay Area.
ICE confirms 150-plus arrests in California sweep, slams Schaaf’s early warning
Hamed Aleaziz (SFGate, 27/02/2018)
Federal officials said Tuesday they arrested more than 150 undocumented immigrants in a Northern California sweep aimed at countering local sanctuary laws, while suggesting Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to alert the public to the secret operation may have allowed some targets to elude capture.
Since Sunday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have fanned out from the Central Valley to the far northern reaches of the state, knocking on doors, detaining people and prompting alarm from community activists and some Democratic politicians who oppose President Trump’s immigration crackdown.
Agency officials, who had remained silent about the operation for three days, said in a written statement that they arrested people in cities including San Francisco, Bay Point, Sacramento and Stockton, and that half of those arrested had criminal convictions, including for violent crimes.
California’s Dreamers are safe for now, but Trump’s war on immigrants continues
The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board (Sacramento Bee, 27/02/2018)
In President Donald Trump’s war on immigrants in Sacramento and across California, it’s a time for vigilance – and a time to thank judges.
In the latest raids by federal immigration agents, more than a dozen people were detained over the weekend in Northern California, including at least four in Sacramento and five in Merced.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to want to demonstrate that California isn’t off limits just because it has declared itself a sanctuary state. It’s a petty point, and Trump is unnecessarily frightening families and threatening entire communities in proving it.