ICE arrests almost 200 aliens in California

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.

According to ICE, almost 90 percent of those arrested had prior criminal convictions, with the largest portion having drug offenses.

In addition to the two in Glendale, others arrested included a 29-year-old Salvadoran national who was previously deported in 2014 after serving a nine-year prison sentence for rape. "By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we're making our communities safer for everyone", Marin said.

BELOIT-A representative of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency met Wednesday with a group of about 15 people at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Beloit in an effort to assuage fears of random raids and deportations. Others were from Armenia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam and Yugoslavia. Individuals who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the country illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal. "This administration has made clear we are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws".

"What a difference 100 days can make", the Center for Immigration Studies commented in a posting praising the arrests.

Arrestees came from a total of 11 foreign nationalities, though Mexico represented the most common at 146 instances.

That crime is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The arrests took place from Saturday, May 20, through Wednesday in L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

According to ICE, more arrests were made in Dallas (4,969) than any other city, followed by Atlanta (4,246) and Houston (4,040).

"His daughter is active-duty military, his son-in-law is active duty military", said Jennie Pasquarella, a director of immigrants' rights at the ACLU.

“This is part of their, I think, public relations strategy to say theyre going after people with certain convictions but of course it doesnt tell the whole story of who these people are and the harm that is brought by targeting them and whether its really a sound choice, ” Pasquarella said.

Immigration arrests since the beginning of the year have risen nearly 40% nationwide compared to the same period in 2016.

Individuals who are not being criminally prosecuted will be processed for removal from the country.

  • Archie Newman