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Feds Arrest 162 in Three-Day SoCal Immigration Operation

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    Feds Arrest 162 in Three-Day SoCal Immigration Operation
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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers look to arrest an undocumented immigrant during an operation in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn on April 11, 2018 in New York City. New York is considered a "sanctuary city" for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    Federal immigration agents arrested 162 people in the Southland during a recent enforcement operation, including a Mexican national convicted of rape and a citizen of El Salvador convicted of voluntary manslaughter, authorities said Thursday.

    The three-day operation that ended Tuesday "targeted public safety
    threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, and individuals
    who have violated the immigration laws of the United States -- including those
    who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives
    ordered deported by federal immigration judges," according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Of those arrested, nearly 90 percent had criminal convictions, ICE
    reported.

    Among those arrested during the operation were:

    • A 32-year-old Mexican national arrested in Maywood on June 10 who was convicted of rape and sentenced to eight years' incarceration.
    • A 47-year-old previously deported El Salvadorian national arrested in Winnetka on June 12 who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in prison.
    • A 33-year-old Venezuelan national arrested in Santa Ana on June 11 who has prior convictions for crimes including assault on a peace officer, battery of a spouse, and assault with a deadly weapon

    Ohter cases included individuals with convictions for serious offenses involving weapons violations, domestic violence, various drug charges, sex crimes against children, assault against peace officer/emergency personnel, and grand theft/larceny.

    Of the arrests, 80 were in Los Angeles County, 25 were in Orange County, 15 were in San Bernardino County, 12 were in Riverside County, 22 were in Santa Barbara County, and eight were in Ventura County.

    The arrestees -- 157 men and five women -- were nationals from 12 countries, including 129 from Mexico, 10 from El Salvador, and 10 from Guatemala, officials said.

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