Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities across the United States. The raids were announced on Thursday after what appears to be a four-day operation that impacted Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose, and Washington, DC. According to ICE, the raids targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions and not active DACA recipients, but of the nearly 500 individuals arrested, only about 60 percent have criminal records. The most common offense? Drunk driving. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leading the charge against sanctuary cities, declaring a multi-front war on what he calls dangerous policies. Sessions fails to appreciate, however, his complicity in dangerous policing. The harmful impact of his so-called war on individual families and especially children, who are now living in fear of deportation, cannot be stressed enough. And at a time when ICE agents are “doing whatever they want in the field, going after whoever they want,” that fear is legitimate, and so is the provision of sanctuary in cities across our country.

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