U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and federal officers arrested 97 criminal aliens and immigration violators including a Pinoy during their five-day enforcement action which ended on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Filipino, who was no longer named by ICE, was arrested in the Bronx, New York City on a charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child.
ICE officers made arrests in the following states: Indiana (14), Illinois (28), Kansas (22), Missouri (10), Kentucky (12), and Wisconsin (11). In total, three women and 94 men were arrested.
ICE deportation officers arrested 58 or more than half of the aliens prior criminal histories and convictions for assault, child exploitation, driving under the influence (DUI), obstruction of justice, domestic violence, battery, re-entry after deportation, hit-and-run, drug possession, sexual assault, illegally possessing weapons, and resisting officers.
“This enforcement surge targeted criminal aliens, public-safety threats, and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws — particularly in non-cooperative jurisdictions,” said Robert Guadian, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Chicago. “Our ICE officers provide a valuable public service by removing criminal aliens who pose a threat to their own immigrant communities. Our officers also enforce U.S. immigration laws by carrying out the orders of federal immigration judges.”
Apart from the Pinoy, the arrested persons also included individuals from Algeria, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Ukraine.