The arrests took place in Baltimore, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, D.C., between October 3-9, according to the statement.
The operation focuses on people who have already faced deportation and “have been arrested for crimes but have been released by state or local law enforcement, despite having active immigration detainees,” the statement said.
More than 80% of those arrested “had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of their arrest.”
According to ICE spokesman Miguel Alvarez, the breakdown of arrests includes:
- 54 in New York
- 35 in Seattle
- 34 in Denver
- 26 in Philadelphia
- 11 in Washington, DC
“The department will continue to take legal action to ensure the safety of our communities, whether or not we have the cooperation of government and local officials,” said Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, of which ICE is a part.
“Politics will not come before safety in law enforcement and for the protection of our citizens,” Wolf said.