Trump’s ICE Takes Philadelphia: 248 Arrests
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 248 foreign nationals across a two-week period (between February 27 and March 10) in the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware.
In a statement published Tuesday, ICE shared noteworthy statistics of the aforementioned 248 arrests:
120 (or 48%) had a conviction and/or pending charges; 88 of which had criminal convictions and 32 of which have pending criminal charges.
50 illegally re-entered the U.S. after previously having been deported.
6 have been accepted for prosecution by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for charges including reentry after removal and document fraud.
18 were immigration fugitives slated for deportation by a federal immigration judge.
ICE also shared noteworthy details of some of its arrestees, which included:
A 24-year-old Guatemalan man previously convicted of sexually abusing of a minor. He had twice been previously deported. Detained without bond and currently in ICE’s custody and in prison, he has been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution.
A 52-year-old Lithuanian man thrice convicted of driving under the influence. He was again arrested by local police in Philadelphia for intoxicated driving and subsequently released the same day by local authorities after a request for his detention (presumably lodged by ICE) was not honored. He is currently detained without bond – in ICE’s custody in prison – pending immigration proceedings.
A 65-year-old Vietnamese man with the following convictions: three counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana; four counts of conspiracy; two counts of theft of services; one count of intentional possession of a controlled substance by person not regulated. Over 1100 marijuana plants were seized via ICE’s arrest of the man; found in a vehicle and residence owned by the man. He is being held without bond – in ICE’s custody in a Texas field office – pending removal proceedings.
A 22-year-old Gambian man previously arrested by Philadelphia police for aggravated assault. He allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and attempted to force her upper body into a hot oven during a domestic dispute. Philadelphia police subsequently released him after a request for his detention lodged by ICE was not honored. He awaits criminal charges while in ICE’s custody in prison.
Pushing back against allegations that Trump directed “sweeps, checkpoints [and] raids” to apprehend foreign nationals illegally in the homeland, ICE declared: “These are existing, established fugitive operations teams. ICE does not conduct sweeps, checkpoints or raids that target aliens indiscriminately.”
Local community organizations Juntos and Mijente host a small rally outside City Hall, followed by a march past Arch Street United Methodist Church, during a March 2, 2017 Defy Trump, Defend Philly, Expand Sanctuary Rally, in Center City Philadelphia. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
ICE claimed its operation “targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives ordered deported by federal immigration judges.”
Foreign nationals illegally in the country not being criminally prosecuted would be slated for deportation, according to ICE.
Philadelphia - a "sanctuary city" - is dominated by Democrat governance, with 14 of its 17 city council seats occupied by Democrats. Its mayor, Jim Kenny, is also a Democrat.
Kenny pushes Democrat and left-wing narratives conflating lawful and unlawful immigration via his Twitter account:
H/T Paul Bedard at The Washington Free Beacon
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