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ICE arrests 188 in Southern California immigration raids targeting criminal aliens

ICE arrests 188 in Southern California immigration raids targeting criminal aliens

90% of those taken into custody in had prior criminal convictions.

Last week, I reported that Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers had decapitated the brutal El Salvadoran gang MS13 in Southern California after they arrested more than 40 members using racketeering statutes.

This week, they followed it up with a series of raids that brought in 188 illegal immigrants, most of whom were connected with crime in this region.

Agents arrested 188 people in an operation targeting “at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives,” according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Nearly 90% — 169 — of those arrested in the operation, which ended Wednesday, had prior convictions, officials said. Those arrested included nationals from 11 countries. The majority, 146 people, are from Mexico. Others are nationals of El Salvador, Armenia, Honduras, Thailand, Yugoslavia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Russia and the Philippines, according to ICE.

Among them was a 29-year-old Salvadoran national who was deported in 2013 after serving a nine-year prison term for rape and who returned to the United States illegally, ICE said in a statement. Also detained were a previously deported 51-year-old from Mexico convicted of cocaine trafficking, a 47-year-old from Mexico with prior convictions for felony assault and another conviction for battery, and a 26-year-old Salvadoran national who is a registered sex offender, according to ICE.

In fact, about 90% of those arrested during these raids had prior criminal convictions. The immigrants came from a number of different nations.

Los Angeles County had the most arrests with 93, which included 25 people arrested in the San Fernando Valley and eight people arrested in Long Beach. One of those arrested in Long Beach was a 32-year-old Mexican national with convictions for child molestation who is a registered sex offender.

That was followed by Riverside County with 26, Orange County with 23, San Bernardino County with 21, Ventura County with 14 and Santa Barbara County with 11, according to ICE.

The vast majority of those arrested in the operation were from Mexico — 146 — but they also came from countries that included Russia, Armenia, Thailand, El Salvador, Vietnam, Cambodia and Guatemala, according to an ICE statement. Eleven women were among those arrested.

At least eight of the individuals arrested during the enforcement action now face federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. ICE officials highlighted the public safety approach when setting arrest priorities.

“Operations like this are emblematic of the vital work ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers do every day seeking to locate, arrest, and ultimately deport at-large convicted criminals and other immigration fugitives who pose a threat to public safety,” said David Marin, field office director for ERO in Los Angeles. “By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we’re making our communities safer for everyone.”

Apprehensions at the Mexican border have plummeted by nearly 70% when compared with 2017 levels.


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‘Bout time. Go ICE!

Good work! Enforcing the law works every time!

Amazing the difference when a traitor isn’t in the White House.

Gov. Brown will soon object to this targeting of democrat voters.

    Old0311 in reply to TX-rifraph. | May 28, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    It is a pity that Moonbeam can’t be deported too.

      Liz in reply to Old0311. | May 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Well, he wants to launch rockets out of CA, if he doesn’t tax them out of business. I understand there are about 67 moons around Jupiter….. he can take his choice of where to be deported.

Paul In Sweden | May 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm

I guess it is an improvement but the criminal arrest & deportation numbers need to be increased by multiple orders of magnitude and in their frequency.

I don’t understand it, 188 in six Southern California counties except the one that is next to the border. ICE, I’m hoping that your sting in San Diego County is soooo big that you need to bring in ALL of your troops.

Paul In Sweden | May 29, 2017 at 4:10 am

During the ’70s in NYC I remember standing in line at the Post Office passing time looking at the huge wall with the 100s and 100s of Wanted Posters. Why do we not have an ICE website with the 100s of 1000s of Wanted criminal illegal aliens listed with their photos and maybe associated rewards?

How about ICE and the National Guard showing up at scheduled illegal immigration riots with 100 empty buses, fingerprint scanners and facial recognition software & cameras to scan across the mobs in the streets? Police cars have license plate readers, ICE can deploy vans with a telescoping camera with facial recognition software.

Bounties are legal and a licensed bounty program seems like a viable option for returning & unemployed US service personnel. Serious Action is needed to correct the problems created by the willful lack of enforcement & disregard for the immigration laws on the books over the decades.

Politicians shouldn’t bother discussing new immigration laws until the current laws are enforced(I was pissed off during the Ronald Reagan Amnesty fiasco and still furious over it). Don’t tell me about sweat shops & farms that can’t find enough illegal workers to exploit. Instead tell me that you are finally prosecuting the employers and NGOs that facilitate this human trafficking, drug running and visa scam programs.

While California’s Marxist dictatorship frantically works to circle the wagons around its sanctuary cities, Trump is steadily & methodically removing the need for them…

Well, we tried the self-deportin’ thing, an’ ya know… it just didn’t work out.
Nice start ICE!

CaptScientist | May 29, 2017 at 4:02 pm

’bout friggin time, somebody cracked down on these thugs….

The question now is what do we do with these POS. Doesn’t seem right to put them in prison and have the taxpayers on the hook for there up keep, and deporting them would solve anything because they won’t stay deported.
Maybe we could find another use for Gitmo, or find a island somewhere and turn them loose on themselves….only the strong survive