Los Angeles, June 17, 2016 – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) & Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) continued their nationwide immigration sweep targeting undocumented Central American families by arresting 331 immigrants in six Midwestern states. Among those arrested are immigrants who have immigration violations and criminal convictions.

This operation to arrest and remove convicted and undocumented immigrants was initiated on May 09, 2016 and concluded on June 13, 2016, according to a news release from ICE. Arrests were made in the following six states: Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri.

In St. Louis, officers arrested 34 individuals (33 males, 1 female). 28 out of 34 are convicted of a crime in the United States while the remaining 6 were deportation priorities. These individuals are from Mexico (17), Guatemala (5), El Salvador (4), Bosnia (2), Honduras (2), and one each from Nigeria, Peru, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.

In Kentucky, 49 individuals were arrested (46 males, 3 females). 33 out of 49 are convicted of a crime in the United States and 16 were deportation priorities. These individuals are from Mexico (37), Guatemala (6), Zimbabwe (2), and one each from El Salvador, Ghana, Honduras and Mauritania.

In Indianapolis, 25 individuals were arrested (25 males). 23 out of 25 are convicted of a crime in the United States and the remaining 2 were deportation priorities. These individuals are from Mexico (22), Honduras (1), Pakistan (1) and Senegal (1).

In Wichita, 31 individuals were arrested (30 males, 1 female). 25 out of 31 are convicted of a crime in the United States and the remaining 6 were deportation priorities. These individuals are from Mexico (23), Guatemala (7), Honduras (1).

In Kansas City, 39 individuals were arrested (35 males, 4 females). 33 out of 39 are convicted of a crime in the United States and the remaining 6 were deportation priorities. These individuals are from Mexico (23), Guatemala (6), Honduras (4), El Salvador (2), Canada (2), Pakistan (1) and Kenya (1).

The Majority of the arrests were made in Chicago area, where 107 (106 males, 1 female) individuals were arrested. 96 out of the 107 are convicted of a crime in the United States and the remaining 11 were deportation priorities. These individuals were from Mexico (86), Belize (1), Bosnia (1), Ecuador (1), Guatemala (8), Honduras (3), Lithuania (3), Poland (1), Senegal (1), and New Guinea (2).

Individuals who had outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal. The remaining individuals have been placed in ICE custody and will be given an opportunity to appear for a hearing before an immigration judge.

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Source – www.ice.gov

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