ICE Crackdown Nabs 297 Criminal Aliens Throughout Midwest, 59 in Chicago Alone
After a month-long operation across six Midwestern states, the Department of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that a crackdown on criminal aliens and other immigration violators netted 297 criminals. Fifty-nine were arrested in Chicago alone.
"Operation Cross Check," ICE announced on its website, "is the latest effort by ICE to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration violators. Arrests were made in the following six states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri. The 287 men and 10 women arrested are from 29 countries."
The operation was carried out between May 18 and June 14.
Of the 297 individuals arrested, 233 were criminal aliens whose convictions include: domestic abuse, arson, aggravated assault, battery, burglary, solicitation of a child enticement, weapons possession, aggravated battery of a child, sexual assault of a minor and aggravated criminal sexual assault. Those arrested include 56 immigration fugitives who have outstanding deportation orders and 81 previously deported aliens, five of which face federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation.
Among the 59 arrested in the Chicago area, were three registered sex offenders, each having been convicted of abusing pre-teen children. One had been deported back to Mexico as a criminal alien but snuck back into the U.S. 24 others arrested had also been deported previously but had snuck back in.
Of the "The 55 men and four women" arrested in the Chicagoland area, ICE reported that 50 were from Mexico, 3 were from Poland, 2 were from the former Yugoslavia and one each were from Honduras, Moldova, Ecuador and Venezuela.
"The arrest and removal of criminal aliens has an immediate and tangible impact on our communities," field office director for ERO Chicago, Ricardo Wong, said in the statement. "By focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders, we ensure the very best use of our resources while immediately improving public safety in our neighborhoods."
"In fiscal year 2013, ICE conducted 368,644 removals nationwide," the press release concluded. "Eighty-two percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense."
No names of the illegal criminals were published per federal privacy laws.
But this announcement comes at a time when our southern border is becoming so overrun with illegal aliens that some fear a national heath crisis.
"We are starting to see chicken pox, MRSA staph infections, we are starting to see different viruses," Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera told ABC 15 in Arizona.
The situation has gotten so bad in Texas that state officials have estimated that it may cost upwards to $1.3 million every week to address the massive wave of illegals coming here because they have been told Obama is offering free citizenship to anyone that crosses the border.
Meanwhile the Obama administration has admitted to dumping thousands of illegal immigrants in Arizona causing over crowding and straining resources in the Grand Canyon State.
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