LOS ANGELES – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) found convicted criminals en masse among 188 arrestees in California.

A convicted rapist and a previously deported cocaine trafficker are among the individuals arrested in the greater Los Angeles area by ICE Fugitive Operations officers during a five-day expanded enforcement operation. It concluded Wednesday after targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives, according to the ICE news release.

Of those arrested during the operation, which was spearheaded by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division, 169, or almost 90 percent, had prior criminal convictions – see below. The statistics cover all of ERO’s arrests in the greater Los Angeles-area from Saturday through Wednesday.

The prior criminal convictions of those arrested are:

  • Drug Offenses – 43
  • DUI – 30
  • Domestic Violence – 27
  • Sex Crimes – 15
  • Battery – 12
  • Weapons Violations – 7
  • Assault – 6
  • Burglary – 5
  • Fraud – 3
  • Vehicle Theft – 2
  • Arson – 2
  • Illegal Re-entry; Illegal Entry – 3
  • Cruelty to a Child – 2
  • Robbery – 2
  • Obstructing Justice – 2
  • Incest – 1
  • Manslaughter – 1
  • Prostitution – 1
  • Larceny – 1
  • Receipt of Stolen Property – 1
  • Trespassing – 1
  • Property Damage – 1
  • Escape – 1

David Marin, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Los Angeles, said that operations like this are executed to keep communities in the U.S. safe by removing those who pose a threat.

“Operations like this are emblematic of the vital work ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers do every day seeking to locate, arrest, and ultimately deport at-large convicted criminals and other immigration fugitives who pose a threat to public safety,” Marin said. “By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we’re making our communities safer for everyone.”

Those arrested – 177 men and 11 women – are from a combined 11 countries, with the majority from south of the U.S.-Mexico Border:

  • Mexico – 146
  • El Salvador – 13
  • Guatemala – 12
  • Honduras – 5
  • Armenia – 5
  • Russia – 5
  • Thailand – 1
  • Vietnam – 1
  • Philippines – 1
  • “Yugoslavia” – 1
  • Cambodia – 1

ICE indicated that at least eight of the individuals arrested are now facing federal prosecution for illegally re-entering the U.S. after prior deportation – a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Those who are not undergoing criminal prosecution will be processed for deportation, while others who have outstanding orders of removal or illegally returned to the U.S. will be subject to immediate returns home.

California is one of only four states to be considered a “sanctuary state,” according to the Center for Immigration Studies which bases its assessments off of reports from ICE.

The arrests took place in the following counties:

  • Los Angeles – 93
  • Riverside – 26
  • Orange – 23
  • San Bernardino – 21
  • Ventura – 14
  • Santa Barbara – 11

Current figures from ICE show a 37.6 percent increase in the arrest of illegal aliens in the first 100 days of an enacted executive order signed by President Trump on January 22, reported Breitbart. During the 100-day period, 30,473 0f the total 41,318 illegal aliens arrested had prior criminal convictions, which represents a 20 percent increase in the total number of criminal illegal aliens arrested during the same period in 2016.

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