ICE says it will be in Santa Cruz County for the next couple days

Arrests in Salinas King City Soledad & Watsonville

CENTRAL COAST, Calif. - UPDATE 6/8/2017 11:57 a.m.: Watsonville Police said they received a call last night that ICE would be in the area for the next couple of days. 

According to Watsonville PD, ICE did not ask for assistance and Watsonville Police did not offer to help, as it is a sanctuary city. 

Watsonville Police said a resident came in to the police station looking for a family member that had been detained.  

Here is a list of cities KION has confirmed ICE has conducted operations:



3.King City

4. Watsonville

KION also received information from a group called Sanctuary Santa Cruz and YARR (Your Allied Rapid Response) that ICE arrested two people in Santa Cruz County.

According to Sanctuary Santa Cruz, one person was taken into custody at his Watsonville home Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m. They said the man had been previously deported in 2010.

The group said that another person was taken into ICE custody Wednesday evening from their workplace in Santa Cruz.

"Emotional and financial support as well as legal representation will be needed in both cases," said Ernestina Saldana of Sanctuary Santa Cruz. "I'm making a call to all volunteers to print red cards from our website and distribute it widely where you live or work, where you go for lunch or dinner.

"I'm also asking everyone to be in high alert mode, to stop this incursions of picking up one by one these most vulnerable residents.  Families have now been split.  A wave of fear has blast through our immigrant communities.  We need to stand as one, in every neighborhood. Santa Cruz must not allow this to happen,” said Saldana. 

Santa Cruz Police said it has not been notified of an ICE arrest in the city or ICE operating in the city this week.

UPDATE 6/8/2017 9:49 a.m.: ICE Public Affairs Officer James Schwab tells KION the agency can’t confirm how many people were arrested or where recent operations took place unless names of the people detained and a specific location are provided.

On Thursday, Schwab provided a statement:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers conduct enforcement actions every day around the country and here in Northern California as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to uphold national security, public safety and border security. The agency’s operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities. For operational security reasons, however, we don’t discuss ongoing or future operations publicly."

KION has filed a Freedom of Information Act Request for more detailed information.

UPDATE 6/7/17 8:50 PM: Salinas Police said they were also notified by Homeland Security that ICE would be conducting an operation in the city this week.

It's not clear what day federal immigrations were in town or how many people were arrested.

The department was told agents would be going after "violent criminals."


ICE agents conducted operations in two Central Coast cities this week taking several people into federal custody.

The Soledad Police Chief confirms ICE agents were conducting an operation in the city Wednesday morning.

According to police, the department got a call from Homeland Security letting them know they would be in town. ICE did not ask the police department for help or cooperation.

It’s not clear if anyone was arrested, but ICE did have search warrants and were targeting specific individuals.

The Mayor of Soledad said the city let ICE know city officials would not interfere, but they would also not be helping agents with this operation.

The King City Police Chief said ICE was also in their city on Monday. His department also received a warning call from Homeland Security.

The chief said federal immigration agents were after “criminal undocumented people”.

ICE arrested nine people in King City.


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