Immigration agents arrested about 200 people in Northern California and more than 3,100 nationwide in a 6-day sweep last week looking for immigrants who can be deported because they have a criminal record or ignored deportation orders.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, agents arrested 37 people in Santa Clara County, 18 in Alameda County and 16 in Contra Costa County as part of the 50-state “Operation Cross Check,” which ended on Thursday.
The arrests include legal and illegal immigrants who are deportable because of crimes they committed. Also arrested were immigration fugitives, who are people living in the country illegally who have ignored deportation orders. Agents also arrested more than 500 people who had illegally re-entered the United States after being deported.
About 90 percent of the people arrested nationwide had criminal convictions; 47 percent of all those arrested had felony convictions.
Of the 200 arrested in Northern California, half had convictions “for serious or violent crimes,” according to an ICE statement. The agency did not release the names of all those arrested or their crimes.
President Obama has repeatedly stated that he wants to focus resources on criminal aliens and fugitive aliens with outstanding deportation orders. Recently, he announced that he plans to halt deportations in several immigration courts nationwide in order to focus efforts on priority cases.
If you or a loved one is currently in immigration court proceedings in Los Angeles, contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a free consultation. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will help you better understand the options available to you.