On Monday afternoon, the Redmond Public Safety Facebook page posted an update on the possible Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity at a business in the Redmond-Bellevue area.
According to this update, the Redmond Police Department (RPD) learned additional details about the activity, including the company’s name and the fact that the company is outside of RPD’s jurisdiction, which means they are not the primary agency involved.
“We can relay that the ICE office advised us today that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service may have been involved,” the post states. “We’ll continue to coordinate with our neighboring police department, but wanted to pass along what we know. Thanks for your patience.”
The Reporter first received a Facebook message on Feb. 21 regarding possible ICE activity that day at a company in the Redmond-Bellevue area.
According to RPD, police received a few inquiries about possible activity as well and both the Reporter and RPD contacted the Office of Public Affairs – Seattle Field Office, U.S. ICE.
In addition, the Bellevue Police Department’s public information officer said they had not been notified of any action but it is possible that ICE could have acted without notifying them. He said ICE doesn’t have to notify police, but they usually do as a courtesy.
A Seattle ICE spokesperson checked with both Enforcement and Removal Operations and Homeland Security Investigations covering the Seattle area, and said that neither field office conducted operations in Redmond on Feb. 21.
The Seattle ICE spokesperson added in a statement:
“Our deportation officers conduct targeted enforcement operations every day in locations around the country as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls. These operations involve existing, established Fugitive Operations Teams. ICE does not conduct sweeps, checkpoints or raids that target aliens indiscriminately.”