Federal immigration officials said Wednesday they have arrested more than 100 people who are in violation of immigration laws as part of an ongoing operation in the Los Angeles area that began Sunday.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez said their Los Angeles-area team is targeting about 400 people across the seven countie
s they cover.
ICE officials said in a statement that they are focusing on “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”
“This means that, ideally, we are working with local police and county jails to identify public safety threats in their custody, who are also in the country illegally, for deportation,” the agency said in a statement.
They added that in “uncooperative jurisdictions” like Los Angeles, they are being forced to “focus additional resources to conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at risk and increasing the incidents of collateral arrests.”
“Sanctuary cities are not immune from federal law,” officials said in the statement.