Im­mi­gra­tion agents arrest 82 peo­ple in area sweep

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment agents have arrested 82 peo­ple in North­ern Vir­ginia, the Dis­trict and Mary­land in a sweep the agency calls “tar­geted im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment.”

Of­fi­cials said that of those arrested, 68 had prior crim­i­nal con­vic­tions. The re­main­ing 14 were picked up in the five-day op­er­a­tion for ties to the MS-13 street gang, out­stand­ing de­por­ta­tion war­rants, over­stay­ing visas, lo­cal charges or il­le­gally en­ter­ing the coun­try.

One per­son is wanted by a for­eign law en­force­ment agency, while an­other has been iden­ti­fied as an of­fi­cer in a So­mali group known for hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions.

Those with stand­ing or­ders for de­por­ta­tion or who have re­turned af­ter de­por­ta­tion can be re­moved im­me­di­ately, while the rest await hear­ings.

ICE can­not iden­tify those de­tained as they were arrested on civil charges.

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