ICE Arrests 2,000 Criminal Aliens During Summer Immigration Sweep, 85% Convicted or Charged With a Crime

Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested around 2,000 illegal aliens in a six-week federal roundup operation, arresting a wide variety of convicts and criminal defendants over a six-week period spanning through July and August.

The agency provided graphics that detail the breakdown of criminal convictions against the illegal aliens it rounded up. 1089 criminal aliens with convictions for mostly violent crimes were arrested in the operation.

A graphic was provided to break down the variety of pending criminal charges against 863 aliens. All of these illegal aliens have court cases currently pending within the justice system, and their cases have not been dismissed or adjudicated.

Some of the criminals arrested by ICE have records of child sex abuse, manslaughter, and murder convictions.

ICE devotes an outsized share of resources to apprehending illegal aliens with criminal history, but the agency has been permitted to maintain a holistic approach to enforcing immigration law under the Trump administration. During Barack Obama’s presidency, ICE operations were largely limited to apprehending illegal aliens convicted of additional crimes. ICE now pursues illegal aliens who have been ordered deported from the country in immigration proceedings, recent illegal entry aliens, and aliens who have entered the country unlawfully more than once.

In the fiscal year 2019, ICE arrested aliens with more than 1,900 convictions or charges for homicide, 1,800 for kidnapping, 12,000 sex offenses, 5,000 sexual assaults, 45,000 assaults, 67,000 crimes involving drugs, 10,000 weapons offenses, and 74,000 DUIs.

The agency conducted 267,258 deportations of aliens in 2019 and 256,085 in 2018.

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