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Federal Agents Arrest Nearly 200 People in California Immigration Raids


Nine people in Santa Maria and one in Santa Barbara have been arrested as U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents undertook an operation targeting criminals, fugitives and those who illegally re-entered the country.

A five-day operation conducted by immigration officials this week resulted in nearly 200 arrests in the Los Angeles area, with two in Glendale, according to authorities.

The crackdown, which ended Wednesday and was spearheaded by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), focused on people with prior criminal offenses including for drug trafficking, rape and domestic violence, authorities said.

The agency stated that two of the arrests had been of a convicted rapist and of a previously deported cocaine trafficker. Among these listed convictions, 43 were drug offenses, 27 were domestic violence incidents, 30 were DUIs and 15 were sex crimes, according to the statement. "The individuals that we do find out about, again, are booked into a law enforcement facility, fingerprints taken", said David Marin, an ICE field office director.

That person will be placed in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Department of Justice agency that administers the nation's immigration courts, Kice said.

The 177 men and 11 women arrested came from 11 countries, with Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala having the highest number.

They also could have been arrested for baseline immigration law violations: crossing the border illegally or overstaying a visa.


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, authorities said. The majority, 146, were identified as nationals from Mexico.

Almost half the arrests, 93, took place in Los Angeles County.

ICE agents carry out such arrests.

"His daughter is active-duty military, his son-in-law is active-duty military", Pasquarella said.

USA immigration authorities made more than 41,000 arrests during President Trump's first 100 days in office, a 34.5 percent increase over the same period in 2016. “Hes been a valued member of his family and community for decades and they seem to be going after people for a conviction thats as old as 1992.”.

In Southern California, however, arrests have remained relative flat, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Immigration arrests since the beginning of the year have risen nearly 40% nationwide compared to the same period in 2016.

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