A spokesperson for the for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said today that nearly 140 federal, state and local law enforcement officers were involved in a raid that saw several illegal aliens arrested in the so-called Sanctuary City of Detroit. Spokesman Wall’s said: “We made approximately 50 administrative arrests for individuals who were in violation of immigration law. “Those individuals will be detained in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.”
The arrests stemed from an investigation into an alleged cockfighting and illegal gambling operation.The Raid took place on an abandoned building in the 1200 block of Green, near Springwells and I-75, when multiple agencies executed a search warrant around 1 p.m,
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Khaalid Walls told the Detroit Free Press that 86 people were found inside an abandoned building on Saturday at the time of the raid. He said that all the subjects were detained while their immigration status was verified and those that were in the country illegally were arrested and will be held in ICE custody “pending removal proceedings.”
Officials said that in addition to the illegal aliens, they also recovered more than 100 birds that were being used in the cockfighting operation in the building along with wagering paraphinallia. Federal, state and local law enforcement officials were all involved in the raid, which was led by the Homeland Security Investigations branch. The Detroit Free Press reported that the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Agriculture Department and Detroit police all assisted in the raid.
In addition, officials said that there was one other arrest that was made during the raid for a criminal offense. But they declined to immediately release the details of that arrest. Walls said the the community was relieved to see the operation come to an end. “We had information that this was nuisance,” he said.