The US federal government says the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has captured 212 illegal immigrants in southern California in the past week.
ICE announced the arrest Friday (16/2). The illegal immigrants, who work in 122 businesses, were arrested in a five-day raid.
In a statement released Friday, ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan said, "Due to the city's jurisdiction that provides sanctuary like Los Angeles, ICE can not catch illegal immigrants who are in prison, our officers are forced to make arrests when they are out of custody. "
Homan added," because the arrest in prison is not much, it means more arrests on the streets, and it also needs more resources. Therefore, we are forced to deploy additional officers to the districts to meet the operational and security needs of the officers. "
Homan, who is also the ICE interim director, said 88 of those arrested in the operation were criminals, who did not comply with deportation orders , or previously been expelled from the US and returned illegally. He said more than 55 percent or 107 people have been found to have committed "serious" or "violent" violations, or have been convicted of several minor crimes. [vm/ii]