ICE operation nets 9 arrests in Santa Maria

Raids by federal agents resulted in arrests of nearly 200 people in southern California amid a continuing crackdown on illegal immigrants
Raids by federal agents resulted in arrests of nearly 200 people in southern California amid a continuing crackdown on illegal immigrants
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27 May, 2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested almost 190 people in Southern California in a five-day operation that targeted "public safety threats", including criminal foreign nationals, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives, authorities announced Thursday.

Of the 188 people arrested, close to 90% had prior convictions, according to a statement from ICE.

More than 180 people were arrested over the 10-day multi-state operation, which was spread across West Virginia, Pennsylvania and DE, according to a release from ICE.

"We want to know just how widespread the abuse is", said Carl Takei, an attorney with the ACLU's National Prison Project who works on immigration detention issues.

Drug offenses marked the largest category of criminal convictions, followed by domestic violence, DUIs, sex crimes and battery.

Those convictions included: three driving-under-the-influence arrests; re-entry after deportation; trespassing; drug trafficking; providing false identification; illegal entry; and escape.

Jennifer Ritchey, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Field Office director, said some of those taken into custody for immigration violations were "dangerous individuals (who) had been released to the streets instead of being turned over to ICE".

ICE arrests 23 immigrants in Orange County, 188 in Southern California

BELOIT-A representative of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency met Wednesday with a group of about 15 people at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Beloit in an effort to assuage fears of random raids and deportations. They are mostly men, and the majority, 146 people, are from Mexico, while others came from El Salvador, Guatemala, Armenia, Honduras, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Cambodia and the Philippines, according to ICE. "This administration has made clear we are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws".

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sweep, conducted over 10 days in three states, picked up 186 foreign nationals, 141 of those arrests in Pennsylvania.

ICE agents carry out such arrests.

The arrests took place from Saturday, May 20, through Wednesday in L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. "He's been a valued member of his family and community for decades and they seem to be going after people for a conviction that's as old as 1992".

ICE claims they have made more than 41,000 arrests across the nation, since President Donald Trump signed his first executive order on immigration enforcement, an increase of 40 percent from the same period previous year. But that number did increase from 87 such arrests last year to 224 this year.

The remaining individuals not facing criminal prosecutions will be processed for removal from the country.

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