Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers reportedly apprehended 84 illegal aliens in a three-day operation in the Pacific Northwest.
According to Breitbart, many of the aliens arrested are criminals facing charges or convictions ranging from sex crimes to drug offenses, and domestic violence.
Breitbart writer Bob Price writes, “perhaps most notably,” ICE apprehended a Mexican national charged with raping a child. The man’s criminal record reportedly contains convictions for immoral communications with a minor and assault.
Officials reportedly deported that man previously.
However, he found his way back in the country and was released following an arrest, despite an immigration detainer being filed against him.
ICE also reportedly arrested a Russian felon – who has been convicted of methamphetamine possession – and another Mexican convicted of assault and domestic violence.
“This operation highlights our commitment to promoting public safety through the pursuit of targeted criminals residing in the U.S. illegally,” said Seattle ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations acting field office director Bryan Wilcox, according to WWLTV.
“Our officers will continue in their efforts to create safer communities by identifying and removing those not willing to comply with U.S. laws.”
Breitbart reports that ICE officials referred some of those arrested to the DOJ for prosecution. Those found guilty of illegal re-entry could face up to 20 years in prison.
As for those ICE did not refer to the DOJ, some will face removal hearings. Individuals with outstanding removal orders, or those who re-entered illegal but are not in DOJ custody, can be removed immediately.