Almost 200 People Arrested in LA-Area ICE Arrests

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 188 people in an operation targeting "at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives", the agency said in a statement on Thursday. Numerous priority non-criminal offenders arrested are so-called "arriving aliens", who have recently crossed the border illegally, according to ICE figures.

The White House supported this claim with examples of those seized in ICE operations this year, including hardened repeat offenders from gangs like MS-13 caught in last month;s Operation Community Shield against gang members that yielded 1,378 arrests.

Of the 177 men and 11 women arrested in the six-county operation that ended Wednesday, 169 - or about 90 percent - had prior criminal convictions, officials said.

ICE named four individuals that were arrested in their news release, including a 29-year-old Salvadoran man who was deported after serving nine years in prison for rape, and a 47-year old Mexican man with prior felony convictions for assault and battery who was released by local authorities despite having an ICE detainer. Three quarters of those arrested since January 25 were convicted criminals, according to ICE.

"Some of these risky individuals had been released to the streets instead of being turned over to ICE or our detainers, which compromises the safety of the homeland that ICE officers strive to protect every day", ERO Philadelphia Acting Field Office Director Jennifer Ritchey said in the release.

"These statistics reflect President Trump's commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board", ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said in the report. Thirteen hailed from El Salvador and 12 were Guatemalan, as well as individuals from Armenia, Honduras, Thailand, Yugoslavia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Russia and the Philippines, according to ICE. "This administration has made clear we are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws".

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Immigration authorities recently arrested 10 undocumented men in Santa Barbara County as part of a five-day raid in Southern California.

The majority of those arrested in the fresh round of raids were male immigrants from Mexico.

Almost half the arrests, 93, took place in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles county carried the most arrests, with 93 instances.

The remaining individuals not facing criminal prosecutions will be processed for removal from the country.

Under his broader policy, immigration arrests in Trump's first 100 days constituted a significant increase from a similar period of time in the previous year, under Barack Obama.

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