50 arrested in MA amid federal sweep
BOSTON (AP) — Federal immigration officials say 50 people were arrested in Massachusetts as part of a nationwide sweep focusing on what they called “sanctuary” jurisdictions, which limit local authorities’ cooperation in immigration investigations.
In a news release Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said that the four-day operation netted 498 people wanted for immigration violations. Of those, 317 had criminal convictions.
The release says a citizen of India who was convicted of indecent assault was arrested in Boston.
A Boston police spokeswoman tells the Boston Globe that the department was notified of a criminal operation, but had “very limited” involvement, if any.
ICE acting Director Tom Homan said local policies of non-cooperation create magnets for illegal immigration, forcing the agency to use more resources in those communities.