More than 160 people in the greater Los Angeles area were arrested over five days in a “surge” operation targeting immigrants with felony records and fugitives, federal officials said, pushing back on reports a day earlier of widespread random raids — reports that officials called “dangerous” and “irresponsible.”
“While this week’s operation was an enforcement surge, the focus was no different than the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE’s Fugitive Operations Teams on a daily basis,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said in a statement.
Officials began the operation and concluded it, but not after rounding up 150 — of the 160 total — who had criminal histories in a six-county area that included 55 communities, according to ICE.
ABC7 reports “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the “targeted enforcement operation” resulted in arrests of about 150 who had criminal histories. Of the other 10, five had been ordered deported or had been deported in the past.”
ICE has said that these raids are apart of their normal operations and aren’t a byproduct of any of President Trump’s executive orders.
Arresting 160 illegal immigrants isn’t even making a dent in the problem in Southern California. The Los Angeles Times that in Los Angeles County alone there are 1,000,000+ illegal immigrants.
An ICE official confirmed Atlanta had conducted a similar surge this week, and roughly 200 arrests were made in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina in a similar routine enforcement action. Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro said in a statement that he had confirmed with ICE’s San Antonio field office that similar actions were conducted across Texas, calling the action “Operation Cross Check.” He said he would be following up to make sure the actions were targeting the worst offenders.
Full numbers for the actions across the country will be made available soon, the agency said.
A Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman said overall about the agency’s actions that everything is “routine,” and are not part of casting a wider net.
“ICE Fugitive Operations teams are out every day as part of a routine, targeted enforcement operations,” said acting press secretary Gillian Christensen. “These are existing, established fugitive operations teams. ICE does not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately. ICE only conducts targeted enforcement of criminal aliens and other individuals who are in violation of our nation’s immigration laws.”
After the arrest was made interesting news came up! Many of the aliens had prior convictions for “serious or violent offenses” including child sex crimes and assault.
Build that wall and send the illegals back to their own country. So that our children and grandchildren will live in a safe environment.
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