BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) — From Seattle to Baltimore, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested almost 500 immigrants this past week. ICE says two-thirds of the arrestees have criminal records.
ICE targeted possible illegal immigrants in cities and regions where ICE officials “are denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not honored,” ICE’s statement on the arrests said.
Immigration Attorney Adam Crandell questioned the motives behind the arrests.
“The thing that surprised me, or I guess caught me off guard with this effort is what seems to me to be the political nature of it,” Crandell said, citing ICE’s targeting of cities and regions that don’t honor detainer requests.
In a detainer request, ICE can ask local jails to hold a prisoner beyond his/her prison sentence so they can be picked up by ICE for possible deportation.
In a May interview, Robert Law of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, supported ICE’s increased arrests of possible illegal immigrants with criminal records.
“And why in the world would you want somebody who has already broken immigration laws, and then shows complete disregard for our other laws, that’s someone who you want to protect and keep in your community?” Law asked.
28 people were arrested in Maryland as part of the sweep.
One woman from Baltimore was charged with attempted murder, and convicted of first degree assault. ICE would not release her name.