U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 24 convicted criminal aliens during the sweep. ICE said 17 had prior convictions for crimes ranging from drug possession to resisting arrest, drunk driving and illegally entering the U.S. Three were ordered to leave the country but failed to comply. Three more were previously deported and came back to the U.S. illegally.
“ERO is committed to making our communities safer by arresting and removing convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ICE ERO in Chicago. “By targeting our efforts on these egregious offenders, we are improving public safety while making the best use of our resources.”
These arrests were coordinated with ICE’s National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP). Top priority is given to cases involving aliens who pose a threat to national security and public safety, including street gang members and child sex offenders.