ICE Arrested 162 Illegal Immigrants In L.A., Wait Until You See How Many Had Criminal Records

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As the Trump administration continues their zero-tolerance immigration enforcement policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is continuing to conduct enforcement operations among some major cities across the country. Earlier this week, ICE took to the streets of Los Angeles, California and arrested 162 people who were in the country illegally.

According to a report from ICE, the operation “targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, and individuals who have violated the immigration laws of the United States.”

Of the at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives arrested during the L.A. operation, 90 percent had a criminal conviction on their record.

Nearly a third of the people detained were released by local authorities despite prior warning from ICE. The federal government law enforcement agency even requested to be notified of the detainee’s release and would have continued their containment to prevent the criminals from returning to the streets.

“In 53 of the cases, ICE had filed detainers with local law enforcement officials notifying them of the agency’s intent to assume custody of these aliens once they were no longer subject to local detention,” the ICE report said.

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Los Angeles Field Office Director David Marin thanked his department for the success of their operation and for the arrest of the 143 criminals.

“At-large criminal alien arrests are among the most dangerous types of enforcement actions ICE officers are engaged on a daily basis,” Marin said. “Thanks to their remarkable efforts, there are 143 fewer criminals on the streets. We will continue to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests to ensure the safety of the law-abiding citizens of our Southland communities.”

Here are some examples of those arrested, from the report:

Among those arrested during the operation are:

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  • A 32-year-old Mexican national arrested in Maywood on June 10, convicted of rape and was sentenced to 8 years’ incarceration. This individual has also been identified as a documented Gang Member of the “Krazy Ass Mexican”
  • A 47-year-old, previously deported, El Salvadorian national arrested in Winnetka on June 12, who was convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in prison. DHS databases indicate this individual was released by local authorities despite an ICE detainer.
  • A 50-year-old Mexican national arrested in Santa Barbara on June 10, who has a prior conviction for Assault with Intent to Commit Rape and was sentenced to two years confinement. This case has been accepted for federal prosecution under 8 USC 1326 for Reentry of a Previously Removed Criminal Alien. DHS databases indicate this individual was released by local authorities despite an ICE detainer.
  • A 33-year-old Venezuelan national arrested in Santa Ana on June 11, who has prior convictions for Assault on a Peace Officer, Battery of Spouse, Violation of Court Order to Prevent Domestic Violence, Battery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of Controlled Substance-Narcotics, Alcohol in Vehicle, Receiving Known Stolen Property, and DUI Drugs/Alcohol causing Bodily Injury.

“Other cases included individuals with convictions for serious offenses involving: weapons violations, domestic violence, various drug charges, sex crimes against children, assault against peace officer/emergency personnel and grand theft/larceny,” the report continued.

The individuals arrested (157 men and 5 women) are reportedly from twelve countries: Columbia (1), El Salvador (10), Guatemala (10), Honduras (3), Iran (1), Mexico (129), Nigeria (1), Peru (2), Philippines (2), Romania (1), United Kingdom (1), and Venezuela (1)

And, the arrestees were detained across Southwest California: Los Angeles County (80) Orange County (25) San Bernardino County (15) Riverside County (12) Santa Barbara (22) and Ventura County (8).

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