More than 170 illegal aliens freed by various sanctuary cities were arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in an operation this month, Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf announced.
Between October 3 and October 9, in what is known as Operation Rise, ICE agents arrested more than 170 illegal aliens in the sanctuary jurisdictions of Seattle, Washington, Denver, Colorado, New York City, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
All of the illegal aliens arrested by ICE had been previously freed by sanctuary policies that shield illegal aliens from arrest and deportation from the United States, often despite criminal convictions.
ICE officials said more than 80 percent of the illegal aliens arrested in the operation had either criminal convictions or pending criminal charges against them — including many convicted child sexual abusers.
In New York City, alone, almost 50 criminal