U.S. authorities have said they have arrested 2.901 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions across all 50 states in the last week.
The largest swoop of its kind, dubbed ‘Operation Cross Check’, it involved 1,900 federal officers. Those arrested include 1,600 individuals, 42 of which are gang members and 151 sex offenders. Almost 1,300 of the detainees had multiple convictions to their name and came from 115 countries. Types of convictions included manslaughter, attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes against minors and aggravated assault. The majority (2,642) of those detained were men.
Some 681 of those captured had ignored orders to leave the U.S. according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau (ICE).
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Noth stateside and regional “Cross Check” operations have been taking place periodically since December 2009.
"The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE's ongoing commitment and focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and those that game our nation's immigration system," ICE director John Morton said in a statement.
"Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ICE officers and agents in tracking down at large criminal aliens and fugitives, there are 2,901 fewer criminal aliens in our neighborhoods across the country."