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Several in New York arrested as part of ICE immigration law raid

U.S. Immigrants and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, recently arrested a total of 45 immigrants in the New York City area. These arrests under immigration law took place during an operation targeting sanctuary cities nationwide. The operation is known as Safe City and lasted four days.

The Safe City operation resulted in 498 arrests throughout the United States. Officials focused specifically on sanctuary cities, or areas where local officials have agreed not to hold immigrants lacking the proper paperwork and turn them in to ICE officials. It is said that these cities are drawing large numbers of immigrants who do not have the necessary paperwork.

Out of the almost 500 arrests that took place, more than 370 of the individuals had been criminally convicted, mostly for driving under the influence. Meanwhile, more than 60 happened to be immigration fugitives, and more than 100 had previously been deported. Back in 2014, New York City greatly reduced its cooperation with federal officials by saying it would not detain immigrants except in situations where public safety concerns existed.

The fact that cities such as the Big Apple and other sanctuary cities appear to be magnets for ICE raids may cause immigrants who lack the necessary paperwork to feel unsettled. They may also feel unsure about their futures if they are interested in seeking U.S. citizenship but simply do not know where to start. An immigration law attorney in New York can provide the necessary guidance for attaining citizenship or another legally recognized status. Those individuals who face deportation proceedings or other immigration issues will certainly benefit by acting alongside experienced legal counsel.

Source: ice.gov, "45 arrested in NYC as part of ICE operation that targeted sanctuary cities", Kristin Toussaint, Sept. 29, 2017

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