The Immigration and Customs Enforcement office (ICE) resumed its raids in several states in July and although it stated that it targeted “criminals,” at least 15% of those arrested did not give details about having committed any crime, except being undocumented.
The operations carried out until August 20 were concentrated in ten states, where the majority of arrests were made: Texas, California, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, New York and New Jersey.
In Texas, 125 people were detained in the central and southern parts of the state between July 13 and August 20, the agency acknowledged that it detained immigrants solely for being undocumented.
In California, ICE Los Angeles’ Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) team detained 300 people.
“(Officers) identified, targeted, and arrested removable aliens who had been previously arrested, or have pending charges or convictions, for crimes … including, but not limited to, assault, battery, robbery … domestic violence, kidnapping, and sex crimes.”, the agency said.
The Denver office conducted operations in Colorado and Wyoming that resulted in the arrests of 63 people.
“About 85 percent of those arrested by ICE on immigration charges also had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.”the agency stated.
The Salt Lake, Utah office conducted raids in that state, as well as Nevada, Idaho and Montana, resulting in the arrest of 122 people.
In New York, 83 immigrants from 25 countries were arrested, including Albania, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico , Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Trinidad and Uzbekistan.
While in New Jersey 77 people were arrested. The agency highlighted the capture of a Peruvian citizen who has an Interpol warrant in Peru for aggravated robbery.
The agency announced that it will continue with its operations, less than a month before the end of fiscal year 2020.
“ICE continues to attack foreign criminals and other threats to public and national security every day,” he said.
He added that anyone suspected of being undocumented will be arrested.
“ICE does not exempt the classes or categories of removable foreigners from the possible application,” he stated. “All those who violate immigration law may be subject to arrest, detention and, if determined to be removed by final order, deportation from the United States.”.
The agency noted that it takes into account several factors when attacking and arresting people, including their criminal and immigration history.
The office, now led on an interim basis by Tony pham, A refugee from Vietnam who arrived in the country with his family in 1975, had suspended his operations at the end of March, but – without warning – he resumed them in July with raids that allowed the capture of more than 2,000 people.