ICE arrests almost 200 aliens in California

Katrina Soto
May 27, 2017

A five-day operation conducted by immigration officials this week resulted in nearly 200 arrests in the Los Angeles area, with two in Glendale, according to authorities.

In addition to the two in Glendale, others arrested included a 29-year-old Salvadoran national who was previously deported in 2014 after serving a nine-year prison sentence for rape.

"This operation targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens, gang members, and individuals who have violated our nation's immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives ordered deported by federal immigration judges".

"By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we're making our communities safer for everyone", he added.

Federal authorities say over 41,000 people have been arrested since the beginning of this year, a 40 percent increase compared to the same period in 2016.

On Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the conclusion of a five-day expanded enforcement operation. "169, or nearly 90 percent, had prior criminal convictions", a statement from the agency read.

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Individuals encountered in the course of priority or target arrests can also be arrested and subject to deportation, ICE has said. Of those, 43 were drug offenses, 30 DUIs, 27 domestic violence, 15 sex crimes, and 12 battery charges, among others, according to the department. The crackdown took place in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The 177 men and 11 women arrested came from 11 countries, with Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala having the highest number. Meanwhile, those who have outstanding deportation orders, or who re-entered the US illegally after being deported, can be immediately removed, officials said.

“His daughter is active-duty military, his son-in-law is active duty military, ” Pasquarella said.

Memos put out by the Trump administration in his first weeks in office adjusted priorities for immigration enforcement officers, enabling them to arrest more broadly - virtually every undocumented immigrant in the United States entering the purview. The numbers, according to ICE, represent a 20% increase over the same period previous year.

Los Angeles county carried the most arrests, with 93 instances.

Those not being criminally prosecuted will be processed for removal from the country.

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