Immigration agents arrest almost 200 in LA-area raids

Immigration agents arrest almost 200 in LA-area raids

U.S. federal immigration agents have arrested almost 200 people suspected of being in the country illegally during a five-day raid in the Los Angeles area in southern California.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office announced on May 25 that it had arrested 188 individuals as part of a push to apprehend criminal aliens and immigration-related fugitives.

“Its a win for us and now weve taken these convicted criminals off the streets so they cant re-offend, they cant make more victims and ultimately, our goal is to remove them from the country, ” David Marin, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in Los Angeles, said in an interview.

Of the 177 men and 11 women arrested in the six-county operation that ended Wednesday, 169 - or about 90 percent - had prior criminal convictions, officials said. Within the group, 15 individuals were previously convicted of sex crimes, including a convicted rapist, an earlier deported cocaine trafficker and tw0 with child cruelty convictions.

The immigration agency said 146 of those arrested were Mexican nationals, while the rest hailed from El Salvador, Guatemala, Armenia, Honduras, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Yugoslavia and Cambodia.

Instead, ICE agents use targeting methods and know who they want to arrest ahead of time.

They also could have been arrested for baseline immigration law violations: crossing the border illegally or overstaying a visa.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sweep, conducted over 10 days in three states, picked up 186 foreign nationals, 141 of those arrests in Pennsylvania.

Federal authorities say over 41,000 people have been arrested since the beginning of this year, a 40 percent increase compared to the same period in 2016.

Los Angeles County represented the largest number detained at 93, while Riverside County had 26, Orange, 23, San Bernardino, 21 and Ventura, 14. The administration said in March ICE would continue making arrests at California courthouses over the objections of the state's chief justice.

Memos put out by the Trump administration in his first weeks in office adjusted priorities for immigration enforcement officers, enabling them to arrest more broadly - virtually every undocumented immigrant in the U.S. entering the purview. “Hes been a valued member of his family and community for decades and they seem to be going after people for a conviction thats as old as 1992.”.

Detained immigrants who do not face criminal charges will be slated for deportation.

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