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ICE arrests thousands in six-day nationwide operation

At the beginning of this month, officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security and other state, local and federal law enforcement agencies arrested nearly 3,200 immigrants. More than 1,900 officers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and three U.S. territories collaborated during the six-day operation to detain and remove convicted criminal aliens.

In the New York area, 127 immigration fugitives and violators were arrested. One of those arrested in New York was a 46-year-old man from Brooklyn who was convicted of manslaughter in 1985 and had been at large ever since.

According to ICE, 50 percent of those arrested had multiple criminal convictions, 149 were convicted sex offenders and another 50 were gang members. Many of those arrested were immigration fugitives who had been ordered to leave the country but never did. In addition, 559 of those arrested had reentered the U.S. after deportation.

More than 200 of those arrested were presented for prosecution in the court system on a variety of charges, including reentry which is felony and carries a sentence up to 20 years in jail.

This was the third national "Cross Check" operation conducted for the removal of individuals who have been determined to be a threat to public safety including criminal aliens, repeat immigration law violators, recent border entrants, fugitives with a final order of removal and those who pose a threat to national security. Federal authorities have deported a record 400,000 immigrants in the last year alone.

In the wake of Congress being unable to pass an immigration reform bill, some states have drafted their own immigration laws. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case later this month in which the Department of Justice is challenging a state law because the DOJ claims that immigration is strictly a federal matter.

Source:, "Immigration Agents Arrest More Than 3,100 in Largest Operation Ever," Kacy Capobres, April 2, 2012

Source:, "Immigration Officials Arrest Thousands in Nationwide Sweep," Mirela Iverac, April 2, 2012

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