ICE arrests 188 people, 9 in Santa Maria

May 27, 2017

Federal immigration agents arrested 188 people in a five-day operation that targeted criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives. In the raids that concluded on May 24, agents arrested nine people in Santa Maria.

Of those arrested, 146 were Mexican nationals. The remaining 42 were citizens of 11 different countries including East Asia and Eastern Europe.

“The just concluded operation targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including individuals who re-entered the country after being removed, and immigration fugitives ordered deported by federal immigration judges,” according to an ICE press release. “At least eight of the individuals arrested during the just concluded enforcement action now face federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.”

Of those taken into custody, 169 had previous criminal convictions including 43 for drug offenses, 27 for domestic violence and 30 for driving under the influence.

Among those arrested were:

A 29-year-old Salvadoran national convicted of rape in California who was taken into custody May 22 in Los Angeles. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases indicate the man was deported in 2014 after serving a nine-year prison term, but subsequently returned to the U.S. illegally. The man now faces criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for felony re-entry after deportation.

A previously deported 51-year-old Mexican national arrested May 22 in La Puente who served three years in the California Department of Corrections following his conviction for cocaine trafficking.

A 47-year-old Mexican national arrested in Los Angeles May 20 who has prior convictions for felony assault and another conviction for battery. DHS databases indicate this individual was released in 2014 by local authorities despite an ICE detainer.

A 26-year-old Salvadoran national with a final order of removal arrested May 21 in Azusa who is a registered sex offender based upon his 2014 conviction for having unlawful sex with a minor.

“During targeted enforcement operations ICE officers frequently encounter additional suspects who may be in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws,” according to the press release. “Those persons will be evaluated on a case by case basis and, when appropriate, arrested by ICE.”

Under President Donald Trump, current ICE arrests compared to the same period of time in 2016 have gone up by nearly 40 percent.







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15 Comments

  1. CCWine says:

    Anyone who is offended by deportation needs to be careful to read the whole article, so you know that 95% of these people have been convicted of serious crime- assault, drugs trafficking, or DUI. These are the bad hombres that you’ve been hearing about, and the Santa Maria neighborhoods they came from just got a lot safer. These actions are a show of consequences to anyone else inclined to this life, and the more we publicize the raid the less likelihood ICE will need to do another.

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  2. MrYan says:

    Liberals applaud criminal aliens being arrested and deported. So good job ICE you’ve made our streets safer.

    Liberals don’t applaud arresting and deporting non-criminal, working, alien parents of US citizens.

    Why? Other than causing undue hardship on the children it will cost taxpayers more to support these kids. No they don’t follow the parent back to their home country..that is wishful thinking. They are US citizens.

    A good many of these youthful citizens will now enter foster care system and will be tied to Federal and State money until 18..and in some cases to age 21.

    The children left behind will draw more aid dollars from the state than they did prior to their parents deportation. If you’re not motivated by racism, then why pursue this course? It isn’t fiscally prudent.

    So the policy of unfettered deportations is more punitive in nature versus being cost effcient policy.

    What do you prefer as taxpayers?

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