331 total arrests made
CHICAGO (June 17, 2016) — Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 49 individuals in Kentucky this week during a month-long operation targeting criminal aliens and other immigration violators, the agency said in a press release.
The Kentucky arrests were part of a six-state sweep that totaled 331 arrests. The other states are Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri. The operation began May 9.
Those arrested who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the U.S. illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country, said the press release. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.
All of those apprehended during this operation were immigratioenforcement priorities as outlined in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson’s 2014 memorandum.
“Our dedicated officers strive to make our communities safer by arresting convicted criminal aliens and removing them from the United States,” said Ricardo Wong, field officer director for ERO Chicago. “By focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders, we ensure the very best use of our resources while immediately improving public safety.”