Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced immigration arrest, the results of Phase Two of 'Operation Rise,' in jurisdictions that maintain "sanctuary" policies. (October 16)
CHAD WOLF: Earlier this month, we announced the results of phase 1 of Operation Rise, which focused on several jurisdictions in California that have chosen to implement dangerous and irresponsible sanctuary city policies. Phase 2 of this operation was much more expansive and focused on the jurisdictions of Philadelphia, Denver, New York, Seattle, Washington, DC, and Baltimore.
This phase of Operation Rise targeted some of the most violent and dangerous criminal aliens living illegally in our communities. In addition to investigating and arresting these violent criminals, ICE recently launched a billboard campaign here in Philadelphia, educating the public about the dangers of sanctuary city policies. Each billboard features at-large criminals who were previously arrested or convicted of crimes and pose a threat to American citizens, but were inexplicably released back into our communities instead of being transferred to ICE custody.
ICE will conduct more at-large arrest in local neighborhoods and at work sites. These, of course, will inevitably lead to additional collateral arrests instead of much safer targeted arrests in jail settings.
TONY PHAM: We're prepared as an organization to move forward with pragmatic and robust training, with regard to the new delegation-- excuse me-- forgive me-- the new policy that was put in place on October 4. The pathway on expedited removal is just that-- expedited. It's an authority that allows we-- us, as the enforcer of that law, to be able to quickly remove individuals that we encounter accordingly.