Immigration agents arrest nearly 200 in LA-area raids

More than two dozen illegal immigrants, majority with criminal backgrounds, were apprehended in Riverside County during a U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement operation, federal officials said Thursday.

According to ICE, the operation targeted criminals, fugitives, people who had illegally re-entered the country and other immigration violators in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware.

Since the immigration executive orders signed by Trump this year, ICE has arrested more than 41,000 people across the country who are known or suspected of being in the country illegally, up almost 40 percent over the same period in 2016, officials said.

One of the arrestees was a 29-year-old Salvadoran man who was deported in 2014 after he was sentenced to nine years in prison for rape.

Those convictions included: three driving-under-the-influence arrests; re-entry after deportation; trespassing; drug trafficking; providing false identification; illegal entry; and escape. "By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we're making our communities safer for everyone", Marin said.

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. "This administration has made clear we are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws".

Kelly's phrasing aside, his figures square with the latest numbers out from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

That crime is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. "Those persons will be evaluated on a case by case basis and, when appropriate, arrested by ICE", read a statement released by ICE.

"His daughter is active-duty military, his son-in-law is active-duty military", Pasquarella said.

The raids took place amid a surge in such operations since President Donald Trump took office in January vowing to deport as many as three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records. “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.”. However, he noted, ICE officials stated they were targeting individuals who were "at large" and likely not in custody.

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

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

"The same data shows that numerous non-sanctuary jurisdictions saw a higher increase in ICE arrests under Trump policies than did areas with major sanctuaries".

  • Bernice Underwood