Louisiana officials had an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old male Honduran national accused of child rape…
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 364 illegal immigrants — 187 of whom had prior criminal convictions — during an enforcement surge in the Midwest.
“This operation targeted criminal aliens, public safety threats, and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ICE ERO Chicago. “Operations like this reflect the vital work our ERO officers do everyday to protect our communities, uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws.”
Federal officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations conducted the 30-day operation, which ended Aug. 31, in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin, ICE reported.
ICE arrested nationals from 25 countries. The majority of illegal immigrants — 236 — came from Mexico, while 54 came from Guatemala and 40 from Honduras.
Many of the illegal immigrants arrested had prior convictions including murder, rape, theft, illegal re-entry after deportation, and driving under the influence.
ICE arrested 97 illegal aliens who re-entered the United States after deportation — a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
Louisiana officials had an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old male Honduran national accused of child rape. ICE officials arrested him on Aug. 15 in Indianapolis and will extradite him to Louisiana, where he will face trial.
ICE also arrested a 26-year-old Guatemalan man on Aug. 22 for distributing child pornography.
ICE officers captured two convicted rapists: a 37-year-old Mexican man who was previously deported and a 25-year-old Honduran man.
“We will continue to devote the full efforts of our agency to protecting citizens and enforcing federal immigration law,” Wong said. “Communities are safer today because of the hard work done by the men and women of ERO.”