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ICE confirms 9 arrests in Beckley sweep

ICE confirms 9 arrests in Beckley sweep

Immigration activists blasted ICE this week, claiming many of those arrested in the sweep were law-abiding community members unfairly targeted by the federal agency.

We observed in our article about Trump's comments about considering pulling ICE out of California that ICE would not be able to take any action in California if the president decides to pull ICE out of the state.

She said Schaaf's actions were under "review" but would not be more specific. She has said she learned of the roundup through "multiple credible sources" rather than official government channels.

After Oakland's mayor warned residents of an impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid, the Department of Justice is looking into her actions.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 232 individuals for violating federal immigration laws in Northern California during a four-day operation that ended Wednesday, according to ICE officials.

The immigration law firm Pangea Legal Services said ICE had put "unnecessary barriers" between attorneys and those arrested, including not allowing lawyers to pass information to detainees who may want representation.

ICE said those arrested included several people with convictions for crimes such as assault with a deadly weapon, including a man who had been previously deported to Mexico eight times.

This week's raids followed the arrest of 200 undocumented immigrants in a similar operation in January. "She gave them warning, and there were 800 that we were unable to locate because of that warning, so that community is a lot less safe than it would have been". Community organizer, Jesus Ruiz, said the rumors paralyze the community.

"They can continue the political debate, but in terms of whether she's an accomplice or a co-conspirator or obstructing justice I don't think we've seen evidence of that", she said.

"My statement on Saturday was meant to give all residents time to learn their rights and know their legal options", Schaaf said Tuesday in a statement.

Federal officials and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf traded bitter accusations Wednesday over Schaaf's decision to alert the public about a multiday Northern California immigration sweep that the Trump administration launched to counter local sanctuary laws.

In a statement announcing the final tallies, ICE said it was forced to go into the communities after California's sanctuary policies cut off nearly all cooperation and denied access to prisons and jails, leaving criminal migrants free. This raid was intended exclusively to terrorize innocent immigrant families and instill fear in the hearts of our communities - not to keep Americans safe.

ICE went ahead with its wide-sweeping raids in the Bay area over the weekend (called "Operation Keep Safe") and arrested more than 150 illegal aliens in the first three days of the operation.