Updated: November 12, 2012 1:31AM
CHICAGO — A three-day operation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives in the Chicago area resulted in 37 arrests, including a Round Lake Beach man.
The unidentified Round Lake Beach man was a 35-year-old Mexican national previously convicted of possessing drugs, theft, and attempting deceptive practices. He was arrested Sept. 8 in Round Lake Beach and remains in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
Of the 37 arrested, 31 had convictions for crimes such as homicide, carrying a concealed weapon, identity theft, possessing cocaine, illegally using a weapon, battery, forgery, aggravated drunken driving, and domestic violence, an ICE spokesman said Wednesday.
Twelve of the 37 were immigration fugitives who had been previously ordered to leave the country, but failed to depart; 11 of those are convicted criminals in addition to having outstanding deportation orders. Six of the 37 — including three convicted criminals — had been previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States, which is a felony.
The nationality breakdown of the 37 men who were arrested were Mexico, 34; Poland, one; Guatemala, one; and Trinidad, one.
Chicago had the most arrests, 10. In addition to the Round Lake Beach man, additional arrests were made in Aurora, two; Berwyn, one; Bolingbrook, one; Calumet City, two; Elgin, eight; Hoffman Estates, one; Huntley, one; Joliet, two; Palatine four; and West Chicago, one. Three arrests were also made in Hammond, Ind.