Hundreds of illegal immigrants arrested in two-week sweep

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Federal teams arrested more than 400 illegal immigrants in San Diego as part of a nationwide operation announced Wednesday. California topped the list of states included in the sweep, with 722 arrests including 81 arrested in Northern California and 47 in Los Angeles and the inland region of Southern California. While the Southern California operation was focused on Orange County, 47 arrests were made in the San Fernando Valley and other areas of Los Angeles, although officials were unable to provide specifics. Nationwide, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement picked up more than 2,100 fugitive criminals, gang members and illegal immigrants in the two-week sweep. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In San Diego, officers arrested 402 people in late-night and early morning raids starting May 30, according to ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack. “This is unprecedented operation in terms of the number of people they encountered and arrested,” Mack said. All those arrested in San Diego were Mexican or Guatemalan nationals and were deported to their home countries, she said. Elsewhere in the state, 25 people arrested in the Los Angeles area and 53 nabbed in Northern California have already been deported, according to ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice. Kice said that nearly 200 people arrested in California were foreign nationals who were technically considered fugitives for ignoring deportation orders after serving criminal sentences. Those included a Romanian citizen convicted of having a relationship with a 14-year-old girl and a Tongan national who was sentenced to a year in prison for molesting two girls. Both immigrants were arrested in Orange County. Another 222 people had criminal records for a variety of crimes including assault, drug offenses, and sex crimes. One of the people arrested, Mexican national Martin Castro-Liera, 41, was convicted in 2003 for molesting a teenage niece. Arrested June 5, it was his third deportation in 18 months, Mack said. Nationally, more than half of the 2,179 people who were arrested in the operation, dubbed “Return to Sender,” had criminal records for crimes including sexual assault, drug trafficking, robbery and abduction, according to Julie Myers, assistant secretary for ICE.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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