U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested an adult man in Ithaca on Tuesday, just a mile away from the Cornell campus.
Regional director of Northeast communications for ICE, Khaalid Walls, said the organization arrested “one unlawfully present Mexican” following a routine targeted enforcement action.
Walls said, “the action, in which that specific individual was sought, occurred without incident.”
Walls did not specify what led to the man’s arrest.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has declared Ithaca a sanctuary city.
A sanctuary city resolution prohibits city employees, including law enforcement, from inquiring about a person’s immigration status except in situations where it is necessary. City police cannot arrest a person based on immigration status.
However, a federal organization like ICE can.
The man is currently detained at Buffalo Federal Detention Facility pending removal proceedings.