More than 2,900 convicted criminal illegal aliens were arrested in a seven-day national enforcement operation the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today.
Deemed as “Cross Check,” the operation was the largest of its kind, involved the efforts of 1,900- ICE officers and agents across 24 field offices to work with federal, state and local law enforcement partners across the United States.
ICE Director John Morton said after the operation that “there are 2,901 fewer criminal aliens in our neighborhoods across the country.”
All of the 2,901 had prior criminal convictions including at least 1,282 aliens who had multiple criminal convictions.
MURDER, KIDNAPPING, ARMED ROBBERY, DRUGS, CHILD ABUSE, SEX CRIMES…
More than 1,600 of those arrested had felony convictions including manslaughter, attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes against minors, and aggravated assault.
ICE indicates that 42 were gang members and 151 were convicted sex offenders.
At least 681 were immigration fugitives who had previously been ordered to leave the country but failed to depart. Additionally, 386 were illegal re-entrants who had been previously removed from the country multiple times.
In Texas, Ike Romanus Bright, 51, a national of Nigeria, was arrested in Kyle, Texas as a fugitive alien convicted on Nov. 5, 1986, of second degree attempted murder.
With terrorism and drug cartels becoming a serious presidential election issue for candidates, some see an escalating focus on crime on the Mexican border and dealing with illegal imigration.
DRUG CARTELS ARE BUILDING A ONCE COUNTY DEEP ZONE WITHIN THE U.S.
An independent report released this week by two former U.S. generals indicate Mexican drug cartels are building a “sanitary zone” about one county deep within the U.S. along the Texas border. The intent is to use this zone to escape Mexican law enforcement and provide an area of safe movement for drug smugglers and human traffickers.
Texas is the “tactical close combat zone and frontline in this conflict. Texans have been assaulted by cross-border gangs and narco-terrorist activities,” revealed the report by retired generals and security experts Barry McCaffrey and Major-General Robert Scales.
ICE conducted the first successful Cross Check operation in December 2009.
Since then, there haas been Cross Check operations in 37 states, including regional operations in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest regions.
In May 2011, ICE conducted the first nationwide Cross Check operation. These previous Cross Check operations resulted in ICE arresting 4,506 convicted criminals, fugitives and aliens nationwide who have illegally re-entered the United States after removal.
The operations are “focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that targets serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, such as those charged with or convicted of homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, major drug offenses and threats to national security,” ICE said.
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