ICE arrests 280 convicted criminals in Midwest during monthlong surge

MILWAUKEE -- Two hundred-eighty convicted criminal aliens were arrested in six Midwestern states during a monthlong initiative which ended Saturday and was conducted by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

This enforcement surge, which began May 18 and concluded June 13, is the latest effort by ICE to prioritize the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens.  The arrests were made in the following six states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri. The 272 men and eight women arrested are from 22 countries.

All 280 individuals arrested have been convicted of crimes in the United States and fall within ICE’s enforcement priorities for deportation. Overall, their convictions include: aggravated robbery, armed robbery, drug possession, burglary, aggravated drunken driving, illegal possessing a weapon by a felon, battery, hit-and-run, and drug trafficking.

ICE officers arrested 34 males in Wisconsin during the initiative. All are Mexican nationals, except for one Ecuadorian national who was also arrested. Arrests occurred in the following Wisconsin communities: Arcadia (2), Deerfield (1), Franksville (1), Gillette (1), Green Bay (4), Hilbert (1), Humbird (1), Janesville (1), Kenosha (4), Kewaunee (1), Madison (7), Manitowoc (1), Milwaukee (3), Princeton (1), Racine (4), and Wautoma (1).

Following are two case examples of individuals arrested in Wisconsin:

    “Our dedicated officers strive to make our communities safer by arresting convicted criminal aliens and removing them from the United States," said Ricardo Wong, field officer director for ERO Chicago. "By focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders, we ensure the very best use of our resources while immediately improving public safety.”

    In fiscal year 2014, ICE conducted 315,943 removals nationwide. Eighty-five percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.