ICE Arrests 244 Criminals in Four-Day Southern California Operation
A four-day operation in the Los Angeles area by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) resulted in the arrest of over 240 criminal aliens and other individuals who pose a threat to public safety.
Every foreign national taken into custody by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers had prior criminal convictions.
Fifty-six percent of those arrested had felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons and drug charges.
The significant majority of those arrested hailed from Mexico (191), but criminals from 21 countries were represented in the takedown operation.
Four of the criminals detained in the operation had been previously removed for criminal activity, and are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for felony re-entry after removal from the U.S.
The ICE operation was led by ICE’s National Fugitive Operations Program, which locates, arrests, and removes at-large criminals. The officers and agents who conducted the operation received additional assistance from ICE’s National Criminal Alien Targeting Center and from ICE’s Pacific Enforcement Response Center (PERC). The PERC, which was established in January of this year, shares leads with ERO field offices around the nation, issuing immigration detainers on high-priority and high-risk criminal aliens.
“This operation exemplifies ICE’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing convicted criminals and public safety threats for apprehension and removal,” said David Jennings, field office director for ERO Los Angeles. “By taking these individuals off our streets and removing them from the country, we are making our communities safer for everyone.”
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