235 arrested in six Midwestern states during ICE operation targeting criminal
aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives
A total of 235 foreign nationals were arrested this week in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin,
Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and atlarge
• 163 of those arrested had criminal convictions.
• In addition, 60 had been previously removed from the United States and subsequently
• Another 12 were immigration fugitives with outstanding final orders of removal issued by a
federal immigration judge.
Those arrested included:
• A citizen of Iraq, arrested in the Chicago area, with a previous criminal conviction for
criminal s*xual abuse of a victim unable to consent.
• A citizen of Mexico, arrested in Indiana, with previous criminal convictions for domestic
battery, aggravated criminal s3xual abuse with victim under 13; and aggravated criminal
s3xual abuse of a family member.
• A citizen of Mexico, arrested in the Chicago area, with previous criminal convictions for
aggravated s*xual abuse of a minor; attempted criminal s*xual abuse, and solicitation for s3x.
• This enforcement operation began February 4 and concluded Friday, and was conducted in
accordance with routine, daily, targeted operations conducted by ICE fugitive operations
teams to arrest criminal aliens and other individuals who are in violation of our nation’s
immigration laws. This is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold
public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls.
• These are existing, established fugitive operations teams. ICE does not conduct sweeps,
checkpoints or raids that target aliens indiscriminately.
• This operation targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang
members, and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those
who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives ordered deported
by federal immigration judges.
• Some of the individuals arrested during this operation will face criminal prosecutions by the
U.S. Attorney’s Office for illegal entry and illegal re-entry after deportation.
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• Those not being criminally prosecuted will be processed for removal from the United States.
• Reports of ICE checkpoints and sweeps are false, dangerous and irresponsible. These reports
create panic and put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger.
Any groups falsely reporting such activities are doing a disservice to those they claim to
• During targeted enforcement operations ICE officers frequently encounter additional
suspects who may be in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. Those
persons will be evaluated on a case by case basis and, when appropriated, arrested by ICE.