ICE conducts operations in South Carolina targeting criminal aliens
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – Nearly 200 unlawfully present foreign nationals were arrested in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia last week during the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
The operation was conducted to identify and capture immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens.
One-hundred and ninety unlawfully present aliens were arrested last week. Nineteen of those came from South Carolina, 84 came from North Carolina and 87 were arrested from Georgia.
One-hundred and twenty-seven of the 190 arrested by ERO Atlanta had prior criminal convictions in addition to their illegal immigration status. Another 29 had been previously removed from the United States and then re-entered illegally.
The three-state operation was just part of a nationwide operation. ICE ERO conducts “targeted fugitive operations” on a regular basis that scan nationwide and locally in 24 field offices across the U.S.
Fugitive enforcement operations began Monday, Feb. 6 of this year and so far has resulted in more than 680 arrests of convicted criminal aliens and other immigration enforcement priorities. These operations were conducted in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Antonio.
"I commend the heroic efforts of the dedicated officers of ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations and those who provided assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as cooperating state and local law enforcement agencies," Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said. "These professionals put their lives on the line to protect our communities and country. There is no greater calling than to serve and protect our nation – a mission that the men and women of ICE perform with professionalism and courage every single day."
The operations target public safety threats and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives ordered by federal immigration judges.