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    ICE investigation leads to 52 arrests in Washington state

    ICE investigation leads to 52 arrests in Washington state

    By KEPR Staff & KIMA Staff Published: Mar 9, 2015 at 11:31 AM PDT



    IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT NEWS RELEASE -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Washington state arrested 59 foreign nationals, including two foreign murder suspects and a convicted child molester during a five-day nationwide operation. The operation targeted convicted criminal aliens and other foreign nationals who are a priority for removal from the United States.


    “This nationwide operation led to the apprehension of more than 2,000 convicted criminal aliens who pose the greatest risk to our public safety,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “Today, communities around the country are safer because of the great work of the men and women of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”


    The operation, dubbed “Cross Check,” began Sunday, March 1, and ended Thursday, March 5. Hundreds of ERO officers participated in the operation that focused on the arrests of public safety threats. Those arrested are from 94 countries and have a wide array of criminal convictions.


    Washington state arrests include:

    A Mexican man living in Marysville who was convicted in 2005 of sexual assault of a child under 15 years old by a person of trust.
    A Sudanese man living in Seattle convicted in 2007 of assault and convicted in 2001 for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
    A Mexican couple living in Yakima who are fugitives wanted by Interpol and Mexican authorities for a 1998 homicide in Mexico.More than half of the 59 arrested in Washington have been convicted of a felony or aggravated felony. The vast majority of misdemeanor convictions were for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). ICE considers DUI offenders, particularly repeat offenders, to be a significant public safety threat.

    Nationwide, 2,059 individuals with prior criminal convictions who were arrested included more than 1,000 individuals who had multiple criminal convictions. More than 1,000 of those arrested had felony convictions, including voluntary manslaughter, child pornography, robbery, kidnapping and rape.


    Of the total 2,059 criminals arrested, 58 were known gang members or affiliates, and 89 were convicted sex offenders.


    In addition to being convicted criminals, five of those arrested were also immigration fugitives who had previously been ordered to leave the country but failed to depart. Also, 476 were illegal re-entrants who had been previously removed from the country. Because of their serious criminal histories and prior immigration arrest records, 163 of those arrested during the enforcement action were presented to U.S. attorneys for prosecution on a variety of charges, including illegal re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.


    Two targets of this operation who were not apprehended were added to ICE’s most wanted fugitives list.


    “This national operation exemplifies ICE’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing convicted criminals and public safety threats for apprehension and removal,” said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña. “By taking these individuals off our streets and removing them from the country, we are making our communities safer for everyone.”


    All targets of this operation fell within the top two priorities established in Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s Nov. 20 memorandumentitled “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants.” Priority 1 targets include threats to national security, criminal street gang members, convicted felons and aggravated felons.

    Priority 2 targets have convictions for three or more misdemeanors or convictions for significant misdemeanors, including DUIs.


    The foreign nationals detained during the operation who are not being criminally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States. Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.


    Secretary Johnson has directed ICE to prioritize the use of enforcement personnel, detention space, and removal assets to support the department’s civil immigration enforcement priorities. By taking criminals who pose public safety threats off community streets and removing them from the country, ICE addresses a significant security and public safety vulnerability.


    ICE began conducting large-scale national operations targeting convicted and other ERO priority aliens in May 2011. Since then, five national Cross Check operations resulted in the arrest of more than 12,440 convicted criminals as well as 774 other priority individuals for a total of 13,214 arrests.


    This operation is the sixth nationwide Cross Check operation in the agency’s history. The first nationwide Cross Check operation occurred at the end of May 2011 and resulted in the arrest of 2,442 convicted criminals. The last Cross Check operation in August 2013 resulted in the arrest of 1,517 convicted criminals, as well as 143 other priority individuals for a total of 1,660 arrests.


    This week’s enforcement action was spearheaded by ICE’s National Fugitive Operations Program, which locates, arrests and removes at-large criminals. The officers who conducted this operation received substantial assistance from ICE’s Fugitive Operations Support Center and ICE’s Law Enforcement Support Center, both located in Williston, Vermont.


    In fiscal year 2014, ERO removed 315,943 individuals from the United States. ICE enforcement priorities include removable aliens considered threats to national security, those attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S., gang members, felons, and individuals convicted of crimes including domestic violence, sexual abuse, drug distribution or driving under the influence.

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    Why is this more efficient law enforcement than allowing local officials to arrest these bad folks, especially when encountered in local daily official duty?

    Has anyone heard a sensible answer to my query?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinssdad View Post
    Why is this more efficient law enforcement than allowing local officials to arrest these bad folks, especially when encountered in local daily official duty?

    Has anyone heard a sensible answer to my query?
    Not that anything any government agency does ever makes sense but it mostly has to do with money.

    Many city, county and state law enforcement agencies don't want to spend their money doing what they have been told by the feds is a federal responsibility. The feds claim immigration is their responsibility and they don't reimburse cities, counties and states for holding illegal alien prisoners in their jails or for the cost of arresting them and transporting them to courts and jails. Most agencies gladly hold prisoners when they are reimbursed by the feds to do so.

    We had the Secure Communities Program that identified illegal aliens when they were booked into all city and county jails so they could be picked up by I.C.E. and deported, but the open border groups protested and got it shut down. The new Priority Enforcement Program isn't nearly as effective.

    http://www.alipac.us/f12/priority-en...-first-317263/
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