Immigration agents arrest nearly 200 in LA-area raids

Posted May 27, 2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested nearly 200 people across greater Los Angeles in a five-day operation that concluded on Wednesday.

She also said enforcement operations such as this week's arrests are fairly routine and that ICE conducts two to three of them a year.

The only noncriminal alien arrested during the local operation was a Mexican national who had been previously deported and illegally re-entered the U.S., Kice said. "169, or nearly 90 percent, had prior criminal convictions", a statement from the agency read.

Some of the individuals had serious prior convictions, including a convicted rapist and a previously deported cocaine trafficker.

This latest operation netted 43 people with narcotics offenses, 27 with domestic violence crimes, 30 with DUI convictions, 6 with assault offenses, 2 case of vehicle theft, and 3 cases of fraud, according to ICE.

"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.

While conducting what ICE called "targeted enforcement operations", agents often encounter other people who may be in the country illegally.

"With the new administration, anybody that's in violation of the new immigration laws, current immigration laws, are subject to arrest", he said.

At least eight of the individuals arrested during the operation now face federal prosecution for re-entering the U.S. after being deported, a felony that carries a sentence up to 20 years in prison.

The majority of those arrested in the fresh round of raids were male immigrants from Mexico.

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. "Those persons will be evaluated on a case by case basis and, when appropriate, arrested by ICE", read a statement released by ICE.

Los Angeles county carried the most arrests, with 93 instances.

The number represents a 40 per cent increase over the same period in 2016.

"His daughter is active-duty military, his son-in-law is active-duty military", Pasquarella said. However, he noted, ICE officials stated they were targeting individuals who were "at large" and likely not in custody.

Those not being criminally prosecuted will be processed for removal from the country.