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Nationwide Immigration Crackdown Leads To More Than 3,000 Arrests

Braden Holly |
April 2, 2012 | 10:22 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer


ICE. Photo by Diane Herr and courtesy of Creative Commons.
ICE. Photo by Diane Herr and courtesy of Creative Commons.
A nationwide U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation has resulted in the arrests of “more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives,” according to the ICE website.


The six-day operation took place in all 50 states, involved over 24 field offices and was the largest ever undertaken by ICE.


According to the ICE website:


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. "Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ICE officers and agents in tracking down criminal aliens and fugitives, there are 3,168 fewer criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators in our neighborhoods across the country.


  [convictions of those arrested included] murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, terroristic threats, drug trafficking, child abuse, battery on a child, sexual crimes against minors, and aggravated assault. Of the total 2,834 criminal aliens arrested, 50 were gang members and 149 were convicted sex offenders.


Of those arrested, more than 2,800 had prior criminal convictions, more than 1,000 had multiple criminal convictions, and 700 had previously been ordered to leave the country but failed to do so, according to ICE. 


According to NPR:


In the Los Angeles area, 206 individuals were taken into custody. 106 had prior convictions for serious or violent crimes. 


At least 204 of those arrested in the nationwide operation were presented to U.S. attorneys for prosecution, according to ICE.



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