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Thread: ICE arrests 167 foreign nationals with criminal records

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    Immigration agents arrest nearly 300 foreigners with criminal records during three-day sweep
    December 11, 2009 | 10:40 am
    Immigration agents arrested more than 286 foreigners with criminal records during a three-day sweep in California, officials announced today.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement head John Morton said the operation was the largest of its kind and resulted in the arrests of illegal immigrants convicted of robbery, assault and rape.

    About 96 of the arrests took place in Los Angeles County and included people from Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Among those arrested in the county were a suspected gang member from El Salvador who had a 2004 robbery conviction and a Guatemalan man with a 1993 conviction for lewd acts with a child under 14.

    "These are not the kind of people we want walking our streets," Morton said.

    The arrests were conducted as part of a controversial program designed to arrest and deport immigrants who have criminal records, who have ignored deportation orders or who have been deported and illegally reentered the United States. About 400 officers and agents took part in the operation, which ended late Thursday night.

    Critics have said the program, which started in 2003 and has rapidly expanded since then, has created fear in immigrant communities by sending armed agents into neighborhoods and pulling parents away from their children.


    In addition, immigration agents often arrested people without criminal records to fill quotas, according to a report by the Migration Policy Institute earlier this year.

    During a visit to Los Angeles over the summer, Morton announced that he would end the quotas.

    More than 35,000 people were arrested nationwide by fugitive operations teams in fiscal year 2009, according to ICE. Of those, nearly 89% either had criminal records or outstanding deportation orders.

    In Los Angeles, there were 3,039 arrests, including 1,466 criminals. Of those arrested, 247 or 8% -- did not have criminal records or outstanding deportation orders.

    Many of those arrested this week had previously been deported, officials said, and at least 17 will face further federal prosecution.

    For example, Ulises Vazuiz Arucha, 37, was convicted of first-degree robbery in 2004 and deported to El Salvador in 2007. The suspected gang member was arrested in Reseda on Dec. 8.

    -- Anna Gorman

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    ICE arrests 167 foreign nationals with criminal records
    Daily News Wire Services
    Updated: 12/11/2009 12:42:36 PM PST


    A total of 167 foreign nationals with criminal records were arrested throughout the Southland and marked for deportation as part of a statewide enforcement surge targeting immigrant lawbreakers, federal officials announced Friday.
    During the three-day operation, which ended late Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested a total of 286 criminal immigrants throughout California.

    More than 80 percent of the people arrested had prior convictions for serious or violent crimes, such as rape by force, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Also among those arrested were 30 convicted *** offenders, many of whose crimes involved sexual assaults on children.

    Of those arrested, at least 100 have already been removed from the country, ICE said.

    At a news conference Friday in downtown Los Angeles, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for ICE John Morton announced the results of the operation, which involved more than 400 agents and officers from ICE, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as several other state and local agencies.

    "If you commit crimes in this country and come back, we're going to arrest you, prosecute you, put you in federal prison -- then deport you," Morton said.

    A conviction for felony re-entry carries a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison.

    Of those taken into custody, the Los Angeles area recorded 96 arrests, followed by San Diego and Imperial counties collectively with 71. The arrestees mostly hail from


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    Mexico and Central America, Morton said.
    Among the arrestees being federally prosecuted is a previously deported Guatemalan national with ties to a Los Angeles street gang whose criminal history includes a prior conviction for first-degree robbery. Ulises Vazuiz Arucha, 37, was arrested by ICE officers Tuesday in Reseda.

    Also facing felony re-entry charges is Ignacio Camacho-Madrigal, 43, a Mexican national formerly convicted of committing a lewd act on a child under 14. Camacho-Madrigal was arrested Tuesday in Rialto.

    Other arrests took place in Glendale, West Hills, Downey, Ontario and Highland, ICE noted.

    "These are people we don't want walking our streets," Morton said.

    The foreign nationals detained during the operation who are not being criminally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States, ICE said.

    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 arrestees were in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future, ICE said.

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    Immigration agents arrest nearly 300 foreigners with criminal records during three-day sweep
    December 11, 2009 | 10:40 am
    Immigration agents arrested more than 286 foreigners with criminal records during a three-day sweep in California, officials announced today.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement head John Morton said the operation was the largest of its kind and resulted in the arrests of illegal immigrants convicted of robbery, assault and rape.

    About 96 of the arrests took place in Los Angeles County and included people from Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Among those arrested in the county were a suspected gang member from El Salvador who had a 2004 robbery conviction and a Guatemalan man with a 1993 conviction for lewd acts with a child under 14.

    "These are not the kind of people we want walking our streets," Morton said.

    The arrests were conducted as part of a controversial program designed to arrest and deport immigrants who have criminal records, who have ignored deportation orders or who have been deported and illegally reentered the United States. About 400 officers and agents took part in the operation, which ended late Thursday night.

    Critics have said the program, which started in 2003 and has rapidly expanded since then, has created fear in immigrant communities by sending armed agents into neighborhoods and pulling parents away from their children.


    In addition, immigration agents often arrested people without criminal records to fill quotas, according to a report by the Migration Policy Institute earlier this year.

    During a visit to Los Angeles over the summer, Morton announced that he would end the quotas.

    More than 35,000 people were arrested nationwide by fugitive operations teams in fiscal year 2009, according to ICE. Of those, nearly 89% either had criminal records or outstanding deportation orders.

    In Los Angeles, there were 3,039 arrests, including 1,466 criminals. Of those arrested, 247 or 8% -- did not have criminal records or outstanding deportation orders.

    Many of those arrested this week had previously been deported, officials said, and at least 17 will face further federal prosecution.

    For example, Ulises Vazuiz Arucha, 37, was convicted of first-degree robbery in 2004 and deported to El Salvador in 2007. The suspected gang member was arrested in Reseda on Dec. 8.

    -- Anna Gorman

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    ICE arrests 167 foreign nationals with criminal records
    Daily News Wire Services
    Updated: 12/11/2009 12:42:36 PM PST


    A total of 167 foreign nationals with criminal records were arrested throughout the Southland and marked for deportation as part of a statewide enforcement surge targeting immigrant lawbreakers, federal officials announced Friday.
    During the three-day operation, which ended late Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested a total of 286 criminal immigrants throughout California.

    More than 80 percent of the people arrested had prior convictions for serious or violent crimes, such as rape by force, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Also among those arrested were 30 convicted *** offenders, many of whose crimes involved sexual assaults on children.

    Of those arrested, at least 100 have already been removed from the country, ICE said.

    At a news conference Friday in downtown Los Angeles, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for ICE John Morton announced the results of the operation, which involved more than 400 agents and officers from ICE, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as several other state and local agencies.

    "If you commit crimes in this country and come back, we're going to arrest you, prosecute you, put you in federal prison -- then deport you," Morton said.

    A conviction for felony re-entry carries a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison.

    Of those taken into custody, the Los Angeles area recorded 96 arrests, followed by San Diego and Imperial counties collectively with 71. The arrestees mostly hail from


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    Mexico and Central America, Morton said.
    Among the arrestees being federally prosecuted is a previously deported Guatemalan national with ties to a Los Angeles street gang whose criminal history includes a prior conviction for first-degree robbery. Ulises Vazuiz Arucha, 37, was arrested by ICE officers Tuesday in Reseda.

    Also facing felony re-entry charges is Ignacio Camacho-Madrigal, 43, a Mexican national formerly convicted of committing a lewd act on a child under 14. Camacho-Madrigal was arrested Tuesday in Rialto.

    Other arrests took place in Glendale, West Hills, Downey, Ontario and Highland, ICE noted.

    "These are people we don't want walking our streets," Morton said.

    The foreign nationals detained during the operation who are not being criminally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States, ICE said.

    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 arrestees were in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future, ICE said.

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    I don't have any problem with them arresting foreign nationals who have committed crimes. While they're at it, they can round up and deport the USC criminals too!

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