Immigration, Issues

More than 680 arrested in immigration raids across country

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Image Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Public Domain

Image Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Public Domain

Statement from Secretary Kelly on recent ICE enforcement actions

WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a series of targeted enforcement operations across the country. These operations targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

ICE officers in the Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City areas of responsibility arrested more than 680 individuals who pose a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation’s immigration system. Of those arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.

ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years. The focus of these enforcement operations is consistent with the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE’s Fugitive Operations teams on a daily basis.

President Trump has been clear in affirming the critical mission of DHS in protecting the nation and directed our Department to focus on removing illegal aliens who have violated our immigration laws, with a specific focus on those who pose a threat to public safety, have been charged with criminal offenses, have committed immigration violations or have been deported and re-entered the country illegally.

I commend the heroic efforts of the dedicated officers of ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations and those who provided assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as cooperating state and local law enforcement agencies. These professionals put their lives on the line to protect our communities and country. There is no greater calling than to serve and protect our nation – a mission that the men and women of ICE perform with professionalism and courage every single day.

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  • Skiltz1

    Let us all join hands and make a confession. Not in our collective lifetimes have we seen a president execute and accomplish the job of politics in deed, not mere words and slogans, with such vitality and efficiency! The illegal immigration problem has been steadily and erosively mounting into a massive social problem of crime, overtaxed public resources and job theft for the past 4 decades in this country thanks to the stifling climate of political correctness created by that impotent and cognitively bankrupt non-philosophy known as “Liberalism.” Yet within his first month in office Trump has successfully addressed and continues to address this most serious of national problems with brute pragmatism. He is as close to messianic as anything we have ever witnessed in this country. Let us pray that Le Pen in France, Wilders in the Netherlands, Petre in Germany, Akesson in Sweden and Hofer in Austria will win as big and do as much as our new president. Hail Trump!

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