On Thursday, authorities declared the arrest of nearly 200 people by Immigration agents in Southern California during a raid that lasted for five days.
The majority of those who were arrested, which is almost 90%, have a criminal record and previous criminal convictions, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced.
The Arrest Details
In a news release on Thursday, the federal agency said that Immigration officer arrested exactly 188 people, including 177 men and 11 women, from Saturday through Wednesday. The immigration authorities were aiming at “public safety threats,” including “at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives.”
The clampdown took place in San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles as well as Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties.
Citizens from Armenia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam and Yugoslavia were detained.
A National Crackdown
“Operations like this are emblematic of the vital work ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers do every day seeking to locate, arrest, and ultimately deport at-large convicted criminals and other immigration fugitives who pose a threat to public safety,” Field Office Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in Los Angeles David Marin said. “By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we’re making our communities safer for everyone.”
This is a national crackdown operation on illegal immigration since Donald Trump decided in January for enforcement to be a top priority. Immigrant supporters have criticized the arrests, especially the arrested immigrants who don’t have a criminal record.
ICE said that around 8 people out of the 188 are facing federal trial for re-entry after deportation, a crime that can lead to 20 years in prison.
As for those who won’t be criminally prosecuted, they will be removed from the country. The agency continued and said