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Sweep for Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Records


Last updated 9/1/2015 at 1:31pm

On Monday, August 31, authorities announced a four-day sweep across Southern California for illegal immigrants with criminal records ended on Thursday of last week. The majority of the 244 foreign nationals in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement had at least one felony conviction on their record. According to a spokeswoman for ICE, more potentially deportable people with significant criminal histories are being released from local jails onto the streets instead of being turned over to ICE. It used to be easier for ICE agents to find and deport illegal immigrant criminals until last year when a federal judge found the agency’s practice of asking jails to hold the inmates until ICE could pick them up illegal. Officials now say they have to rely on dangerous and expensive sweeps like the one last week that was led by the National Fugitive Operations Program that locates at-large criminals for deportation. Of the more than 27,000 illegal immigrants arrested nationwide last year, around 78 percent had criminal convictions.

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