ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) teams conducted a two-day operation in the greater Chicago area concluding last Sunday that resulted in the arrest of 31 immigrants. More casualties in the war to deport as many people as humanly possible in an eight year span.
ICE is characterizing the operation as one that targeted criminal aliens, but admits that many of these "criminals" had convictions for illegal reentry to the United States after deportation, a solely immigration related crime. This is more public relations spin from the administration. They convict individuals for immigration violations, and then label them as a priority for deportation as a criminal alien.
Ricardo Wong, field office director for ERO Chicago, issued the following statement:
"ERO officers will continue to work tirelessly to improve the public safety in the Chicago area by locating, apprehending and removing at-large criminal aliens and repeat immigration violators who have blatantly disregarded the immigration laws. With targeted enforcement operations, we are focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders while improving public safety for law-abiding residents in our communities."
FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!
Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).