Monday, July 21, 2008

ICE Arrests 48 Illegal Aliens

(You know those guys that are just coming over here to make a better living for their families according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-ap-il-immigrantarrests-,0,3625598.story

Facts in the story found at above link.

Of those arrested, 48 were illegal immigrants and one was a U.S. permanent resident. Most of the men were from Mexico and one was from Guatemala.

Of the arrests announced Friday, nine men had been previously deported and 42 had criminal histories.
The men, who all face deportation, were accused of crimes including arson, battery, burglary and drug possession.

ICE started its "Operation Community Shield" in 2005 to work with local law enforcement agencies and fight transnational gangs. Since then, almost 9,000 people have been arrested nationwide from more than 700 gangs, ICE said.

"The large-scale operations -- including daytime raids that are carried out at factories, farms, restaurants and plants nationwide -- help get criminals off the streets and carry out Immigration law.

"There's no question that a lot of these laws had not been vigorously enforced a few years ago," Myers, assistant secretary of homeland security for ICE, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "I think there are some folks who are surprised that our efforts are so active."

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