ICE Does Immigration Sweeps, Arrests Thousands of "Criminal Aliens"

Categories: Immigration
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Courtesy of ICE
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Immigration authorities have arrested more than 3,100 convicted illegal immigrants and fugitives, including 200 in Northern California, during a massive, high-profile sweep nationwide over the last week.

Some 1,900 ICE officers and agents throughout the United States conducted the largest six-day sting operation in history, arresting 2,834 immigrants who had prior convictions and at least 1,063 who had multiple convictions. Of those, 1,477 had felony convictions, including murder, rape, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and child abuse, according to ICE. About 50 of those arrested were identified as gang members, and 149 were convicted sex offenders.

Half of those who were arrested in Northern California had previous convictions for serious or violent crimes. And guess which counties accounted for the highest number of arrests?

Santa Clara County (37); Kern County (31); and  Alameda County (18), according to ICE.

ICE conducted its first "Cross Check" operation in December 2009, and has since conducted seven regional and two national operations, resulting in the arrest of more than 7,400 convicted criminal aliens.

"The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE's ongoing commitment and focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and those that game our nation's immigration system," said ICE Director John Morton.

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