23 undocumented immigrants arrested in Iowa, 86 total in Midwest

Bruno Cirelli
Marzo 18, 2017

"ERO officers are out there every day enforcing immigration law with targeted enforcement actions".

A new statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detailed an operation over the last two weeks in the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and DE which resulted in 248 arrests.

Fifty-two of the 86 arrested had prior criminal convictions, ICE said, while the remaining appear to have been arrested exclusively on their immigration status.

Of the individuals that were apprehended, 120 had a previous conviction or pending charges, and 50 had been previously removed from the United States and subsequently illegally re-entered the country.

Also among the 86, seven were immigration fugitives with outstanding final orders of removal issued by a federal immigration judge.

· ERO St. Paul presented four of these cases to a U.S. Attorney's office for prosecution; all four were accepted for prosecution.

A Mexican man, 48, who was sentenced to 6 months in jail and 10 years' supervised probation after being convicted in NY of promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing sexual performance by a child. The individual is a lifetime predatory offender registrant.

However, among the arrests were a 35-year-old Mexican national found in Omaha who had been convicted of firearms offenses, and a 33-year-old Salvadoran national in Omaha convicted of assault and battery, disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing marijuana, he said.

"ICE does not conduct random sweeps, checkpoints or raids that target aliens indiscriminately", according to the news release. All ICE operations are targeted based on investigative leads. "One of the most egregious individuals encountered during this operation that had not initially been targeted had been deported from the United States on two prior occasions and had a conviction for sexual abuse of a minor", said Ritchey.

Immigrants who illegally re-entered the US after prior deportations and immigrants with orders for removal were both low deportation priorities under the Obama administration.

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