At Least 100 Detained as ICE Launches New Immigration Sweeps in L.A. Area

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement fugitive operations team surrounds a Montebello home during an operation in April 2017. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Federal officials are in the midst of an immigration enforcement operation in the Los Angeles area and have so far detained more than 100 people suspected of being in violation of immigration laws.

The sweep, launched on Sunday, is focusing on “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez said.

“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,” Rodriguez said in a written statement.

However, “uncooperative jurisdictions” like Los Angeles have forced ICE agents to “conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at greater risk and increasing the incidence of collateral arrests.

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