The Los Angeles Daily News reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 212 people and served notices to businesses in the Los Angeles area.
Of those arrested, a shocking number, 195 in all, have criminal convictions.
The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department were letting these criminals roam freely on the streets.
Sarah Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for ICE, said that the remaining 17 people in custody were “collateral arrests,” meaning they were not direct targets in the sweeps, but “were found to be illegally present in the United States when our officers encountered them during the operation.”
The agency said “88 percent of those arrested during this operation were convicted criminals.”
Some of those now in custody will face federal criminal prosecution or begin deportation proceedings, and others may be deported. Others who already have outstanding deportation orders, or returned after previously being deported, could be immediately deported, officials said.
“The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future,” the agency said in a statement.
Sanctuary jurisdictions like Los Angeles protect criminals who enter the country illegally and work aggressively to prevent ICE from arresting criminal aliens.