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Rapist, Deported Drug Trafficker Among Nearly 200 Arrested In Immigration Crackdown

Rapist, Deported Drug Trafficker Among Nearly 200 Arrested In Immigration Crackdown”

The other quarter of the total, numbering 10,845, have no criminal convictions and could have been arrested, as Kelly said, for reasons including multiple illegal re-entries into the country and refusing to check in with ICE officials.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday that it caught almost 200 immigrants, including 169 with criminal convictions, in an operation spearheaded by its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) division.

"Some of these unsafe individuals had been released to the streets instead of being turned over to ICE or our detainers, which compromises the safety of the homeland that ICE officers strive to protect every day", ERO Philadelphia Acting Field Office Director Jennifer Ritchey said in the release.

Roughly 90% of them - 169 - had prior criminal convictions, including 43 for drug offenses, 27 for domestic violence and seven for weapons violations.

"What a difference 100 days can make", the Center for Immigration Studies commented in a posting praising the arrests. Forty-three of the arrested individuals had drug offense convictions, and another 30 had been convicted for driving under the influence.

Los Angeles proper carried the most arrests of any city where ICE officers apprehended, with 26 instances. Most were from Mexico but other countries of origin included El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Armenia, and Russian Federation.

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Upon entering office, Trump signed executive orders related to the enforcement of immigration laws and thousands have been arrested on charges ranging from homicide to sexual abuse.

“His daughter is active-duty military, his son-in-law is active duty military, ” Pasquarella said. Among those who were arrested, at least eight now face federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, the agency said.

"ICE agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens".

“This is part of their, I think, public relations strategy to say theyre going after people with certain convictions but of course it doesnt tell the whole story of who these people are and the harm that is brought by targeting them and whether its really a sound choice, ” Pasquarella said.

Most of the arrests took place in the Los Angeles area.

Trump's first month in office was dominated by a battle over his temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries and harsh personal criticism of federal judges who blocked his immigration order.



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