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31 criminal aliens arrested in two-day federal sting

Updated: February 10, 2013 2:03AM



Thirty-one criminal illegal aliens and fugitives were arrested in the Chicago area over two days including Gurnee, Wauconda and Waukegan.

The operation, which concluded Sunday, is part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) ongoing commitment to the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators. There were three people arrested in Waukegan and one each in Gurnee and Wauconda.

Of the 31 arrested, 22 had prior convictions for crimes such as battery, aggravated drunken driving, drug possession, child molesting, sexual misconduct and theft. Fifteen are immigration fugitives who had been previously ordered to leave the country but failed to depart; four others had been previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States, which is a felony.

Following is the nationality breakdown of the 30 men and one woman arrested: Mexico (19), Honduras (5), Poland (3), Belize (1), El Salvador (1), Guatemala (1) and Laos (1).

ICE profiled three of those arrested by the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) teams in Chicago:

A 46-year-old Laotian male has a prior criminal conviction for lewd or lascivious acts with a minor. He is also an immigration fugitive with an outstanding deportation order. He was arrested Dec. 8 in Chicago and remains in ICE custody pending removal from the United States.

A 44-year-old Honduran national has prior criminal convictions for molesting a minor. He was previously deported to Honduras in 1990 and illegally re-entered the United States. He was arrested Dec. 8 at his residence in Schererville, Ind., and remains in ICE custody pending removal.

A 29-year-old Belizean male has prior criminal convictions for possessing drugs and illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported. He was previously deported to Belize three times: in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He was arrested Dec. 8 at his residence in Chicago Ridge and remains in ICE custody pending removal from the United States. He may face federal prosecution for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.

“ERO works tirelessly to identify and remove convicted criminal aliens and egregious immigration violators who show a blatant disregard for our immigration laws,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ICE ERO in Chicago. “By doing so, we significantly improve public safety in our communities while making the best use of our resources.”

This enforcement action was spearheaded by ICE’s National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP), which is responsible for investigating, locating, arresting and removing at-large criminal aliens and immigration fugitives.

ICE also prioritizes the arrest and removal of those who game the immigration system including immigration fugitives or criminal aliens who have been previously deported and illegally re-entered the country. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.



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