The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has conducted another successful operation that resulted in the detainment of 162 illegal immigrants throughout California.
From June 10th to June 12th, the agency conducted the operation in multiple Californian counties including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Riverside County.
The agency specifically targeted immigrants who pose a threat to public safety, border security and national security. According to ICE officials, 90 percent of arrested individuals had prior criminal convictions. The remaining individuals who were detained during the sting were either immigration fugitives or illegal re-entrants who are subject to a removal from the U.S.
Those arrested included 157 men and 5 women. One 32-year-old Mexican national detained during the operation had previously been convicted of a violent rape, while another suspect, a 47-year-old from El Salvador, has previously been convicted of voluntary manslaughter. In total, illegal immigrants from 12 different countries were detained. Countries of origin include Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, Romania, Iran, Nigeria, Mexico, El Salvador and Columbia.
Authorities from the ICE agency confirmed that every individual the department decides not to criminally prosecute will be processed for removal from the United States. Since March of this year, over 650 individuals have been arrested for being undocumented immigrants in California. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently cited the Biblical passage Romans 13 to defend the current administration’s efforts to enforce the law, and Sarah Sanders held a press conference in which she touted the administration’s zero tolerance immigration policies.