ICE arrests nearly 200 illegal immigrants in California raids

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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a press release Thursday, announcing a total of 188 arrests had been made of illegal alien criminals in the Los Angeles area during a recent five-day operation.

The 177 men and 11 women arrested were illegal aliens from 11 different countries, and 169 of them had prior criminal convictions.

The five-day sweep was targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives.

Criminal convictions among those arrested included:

  • 43 Drug Offenses
  • 30 DUI
  • 27 Domestic Violence
  • 15 Sex Crimes
  • 12 Battery convictions
  •   7 Weapons violations
  •   6 Assault
  •   5 Burglary
  •   3 Fraud
  •   2 Vehicle Theft
  •   2 Arson
  •   2 Cruelty to a child
  •   2 Robbery
  •   3  Illegal re-entry
  •   2  Obstructing Justice
  •   1  Manslaughter
  •   1  Property Damage
  •   1  Larceny
  •   1  Escape
  •   1  Prostitution
  •   1  Trespassing
  •   1  Incest
  •   2  Receipt of Stolen Property

Nationalities arrested were:

  • 146  Mexico
  •   13  El Salvador
  •   12  Guatemala
  •     5  Armenia
  •     5  Honduras
  •     2  Russia
  •     1 each from Thailand, Vietnam, Phillippines, Yugoslavia and Cambodia

“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.”

The LA Times noted that since President Trump took office, the LA field office has made 2,273 arrests in the area, which isn’t much different from the 2,166 arrests made during the same period last year. However, a whopping 90 percent of those arrested this year had criminal records, which is the highest of all ICE offices across the United States.

ICE reported on the recent arrests:

Among those arrested were:

  • A 29-year-old Salvadoran national convicted of rape in California who was taken into custody May 22 in Los Angeles. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases indicate the man was deported in 2013 after serving a nine-year prison term, but subsequently returned to the U.S. illegally. The man now faces criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for felony re-entry after deportation;

  • A previously deported 51-year-old Mexican national arrested May 22 in La Puente who served three years in the California Department of Corrections following his conviction for cocaine trafficking;

  • A 47-year-old Mexican national arrested in Los Angeles May 20 who has prior convictions for felony assault and another conviction for battery. DHS databases indicate this individual was released in 2014 by local authorities despite an ICE detainer; and a

  • A 26-year-old Salvadoran national with a final order of removal arrested May 21 in Azusa who is a registered sex offender based upon his 2014 conviction for having unlawful sex with a minor.


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