More than 25 percent of those arrested were previously released from custody, despite having an ICE detainer lodged against them…

ICE Crime Sweep Nets 49 Arrests in Sanctuary Philadelphia

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 49 illegal aliens in the Philadelphia area last week, all of who had ties to criminal backgrounds or current convictions.

ICE officials said the weeklong operation was successful, despite the city of Philadelphia’s refusal to work with the federal government to help detain illegal immigrants.

Philadelphia is considered a “sanctuary city,” which means its law enforcement does not give ICE officials access to undocumented immigrants unless they obtain a warrant signed by a judge.

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have taken a tough stance on these “sanctuary cities,” pulling federal funding if they refuse to comply with federal officers.

Last August, Philadelphia filed a federal lawsuit against Sessions over the Trump administration’s rescission of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), which provided the city with money through federal criminal justice grants.

To be eligible for these grants, the Trump administration said local law enforcement must work with ICE officials to help detain illegal aliens.

“As far as we can tell, these unprecedented grant conditions are purely political,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, D-Penn., said in a statement after the city filed its lawsuit. “The Trump administration claims that it is imposing these to keep Philadelphians safer, but the facts don’t lie. Philadelphia isn’t breaking federal law.”

But ICE’s latest operation proves that illegal immigrants do pose a public safety threat to the citizens of Philadelphia.

Of the 49 undocumented immigrants that were arrested, 17 had criminal convictions and 14 had pending criminal charges, according to a press release.

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“This operation resulted in multiple arrests of criminal aliens, public safety threats, and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws,” ERO Philadelphia Acting Field Office Director Gregory Brawley said in a statement. “Some of these dangerous individuals had been released to the streets instead of being turned over to ICE on our detainers, which compromises the safety of the homeland that ICE officers strive to protect every day.

“ICE will continue conducting operations to execute its mission and bring to justice those subjects who jeopardize the sanctity of our immigration laws and the safety of our citizens.”