During a five-day operation ending September 25, ICE officers arrested 97 criminal aliens and immigration violators in Illinois (28), Indiana (14), Kansas (22), Kentucky (12), Missouri (10), and Wisconsin (11)
The countries of origin of those arrested were diverse. While 68 were from Mexico and another 21 from the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, other countries represented were Czech Republic (1), Israel (1), Kenya (2), Pakistan (2), Poland (1) and Ukraine (1).
Fifty-eight had criminal convictions, for crimes including assault, battery, domestic violence, child exploitation, sexual assault, driving under the influence (DUI), drug possession, re-entry after deportation, resisting officers, obstruction of justice, hit-and-run and illegally possessing weapons. Fifteen of those arrested were immigration fugitives; 19 others had illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported, a felony.
Robert Guadian, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Chicago, said, “This enforcement surge targeted criminal aliens, public-safety threats, and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws — particularly in non-cooperative jurisdictions. Our ICE officers provide a valuable public service by removing criminal aliens who pose a threat to their own immigrant communities. Our officers also enforce U.S. immigration laws by carrying out the orders of federal immigration judges.”
The news bulletin issued by ICE concludes with the following statement which puts on notice the “non-cooperative jurisdictions” referred to above:
Local jurisdictions that choose to not cooperate with ICE are likely to see an increase in ICE enforcement activity, as in jurisdictions that do not cooperate with ICE the agency has no choice but to conduct more at-large arrest operations.
A consequence of ICE being forced to make more arrests on the streets is the agency is likely to encounter other unlawfully present foreign nationals that wouldn’t have been encountered had we been allowed to take custody of a criminal target within the confines of a local jail.
For more, see the ICE website.