ICE Officials Track Down and Corral Nearly 2,000 Convicted Criminals That Were in the US Illegally

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Immigration and Customs enforcement have captured and brought in nearly 2,000 undocumented immigrants that have previously been convicted of crimes, MSN reports.

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In what is being dubbed “Operation Cross Check,” nearly 2,000 criminal immigrants were rounded up over the course of five days, top officials are saying. Sarah Saldana, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said:

“Public safety is directly and significantly improved by deporting those individuals involved in crime,” adding, “By focusing on those who pose the greatest risk to our communities, we are marshaling our limited resources in the most responsible manner.”

Among the criminals that were corralled in by ICE officials were convicted rapists, child pornographers, thieves, and even some that were convicted of manslaughter. MSN notes the specifics types of criminals that were captured:

“Most of those arrested were not convicted of violent crimes. Nearly all of the 912 people with misdemeanors were convicted of driving while under the influence. And 476 of the felons had been charged with an immigration violation, trying to enter the country illegally. None of the people was implicated in terrorism, the officials said.”

In 2014, illegal immigration rates rose nearly 16 percent—while the deportation rate fell a staggering 24 percent.

The shift in immigration enforcement numbers was partially the result of “sanctuary cities,” which provide safe havens for illegal immigrants. The policies were criticized in an ICE memo that said:

“This required ICE to expend additional resources to locate, apprehend and remove criminal aliens who were released into the community, rather than transferred directly into custody,” adding, “These changes further contributed to decreased ICE removals.”

The large round-up of criminal immigrants occurred just as a federal judge in Texas declined to “lift a block” of the President’s executive orders on immigration, stemming from the original injunction placed by another Texas judge.

—Courtesy of IJ Review

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