Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made raids in the San Francisco area and in Chicago.
ICE agents raided two Chinese restaurants and three "stash houses." These raids resulted in 21 arrests: 9 Chinese nationals, 5 Mexican, 3 Guatemalan, 2 Indonesian, 1 Singaporean, and 1 Honduran. ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said that two of the illegal aliens had been previously ordered deported.
San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano said, "It's very disturbing.... [a]side from the mean-spiritedness of these arrests, there appears to be a coordinated attack on the city's sanctuary status." In 2006 local police were notified that one of the houses raided was operating as a sweat shop.
ICE agents also raided the Little Village area of Chicago last week. This raid was the culmination of an investigation into a visa fraud operation.
The operation used 8-10 "miqueros" who loitered on street corners waiting for potential customers. The customers would negotiate a price with the miquero (usually no more than $150) and would direct the customer to a photography shop. This raid follows a 2007 ICE raid that targeted a similar operation.
Local immigrant rights activists were not impressed. Rev. Jose Landaverde of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission said, "We are asking Sen. Obama and Sen. Durbin to stop these raids of terror here in Illinois." However, the ICE Special Agent in Charge for Chicago Gary Hartwig said, "The distribution, manufacture and sale of counterfeit documents can, in fact, pose a threat to our public safety, as well as an economic threat to our society."
Updated: Wed, Jul 5th 2017 @ 2:30pm EDT