Earlier this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced another massive enforcement operation resulting in hundreds of immigrant arrests.
The 30-day operation took place in several midwestern states and rounded up immigrants who had prior criminal convictions. Those convictions included child sexual exploitation, rape, attempted murder, assault, burglary, and drug trafficking.
Although the arrested immigrants came from as far away as Saudi Arabia, the vast majority came from Mexico (236) and South America. ICE said it arrested 97 immigrants who illegally re-entered the United States after deportation.
In a statement, ICE’s field office director for Chicago praised the agency’s work. “Operations like this reflect the vital work our ERO officers do every day to protect our communities, uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws,” director, Ricardo Wong, said.
“We will continue to devote the full efforts of our agency to protecting citizens and enforcing federal immigration law. Communities are safer today because of the hard work done by the men and women of ERO.”
Alongside Trump’s vigorous push for greater immigration enforcement, ICE has faced pushback from Democratic politicians and sanctuary jurisdictions which refuse to cooperate with detainer requests on certain immigrants.
Some, like gubernatorial candidate, Cynthia Nixon, have called for ICE’s abolition. The president and Vice President Mike Pence have made clear they stand behind their agents and see ICE as an important force for combatting crime.