A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led, three-day operation in the Indianapolis area has resulted in the arrest of 24 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators. The operation was conducted by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
“ERO is committed to making our communities safer by arresting and removing convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ERO Chicago. “By targeting our efforts on these egregious offenders, we are improving public safety while making the best use of our resources.”
Of those arrested, 17 had prior convictions for crimes such as possessing drugs, resisting arrest, drunken driving, illegally re-entering the United States after deportation and criminal trespass. Three of the arrested individuals had been previously ordered to leave the country but failed to do so. An additional three had been deported but re-entered the country illegally.
Seventeen of the arrested individuals were of Mexican nationality, three were of Guatemalan nationality, two were from El Salvador, one individual was from Honduras and another was Venezuelan.
ERO coordinated with ICE’s National Fugitive Operations Program, which is charged with investigating, locating, arresting and removing at-large criminal aliens and immigration fugitives, to conduct the arrests.