107 arrested in Philadelphia amid federal immigration sweep

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 29, 2017 3:30 AM

FILE PHOTO: In this Feb. 9, 2017, photo provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE agents at a home in Atlanta, during a targeted enforcement operation aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens. (Bryan Cox/ICE via AP)

(Philadelphia) -- Some 107 people have been arrested in Philadelphia as part of a nationwide sweep focusing on what they called "sanctuary" jurisdictions, which limit local authorities' cooperation in immigration investigations.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the four-day operation netted 498 people wanted for immigration violations.

Of those, 317 had criminal convictions.

A citizen of the Dominican Republic who entered the country illegally and had been convicted on firearms charges was among those arrested in Philadelphia.

ICE says he had previously been arrested by local police, but was released beforeteh agency  could take custody.

Acting Director Tom Homan said local policies of non-cooperation create magnets for illegal immigration, forcing the agency to use more resources in those communities.

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