U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials just arrested 101 illegal aliens, most of them criminals with extensive rap sheets, and you and I are supposed to be over the moon about it.
ICE reported that of those criminals arrested during the 12-day operation last month, 64 had criminal histories in the United States – meaning that Americans and lawfully abiding immigrants had to be put in harm’s way before these people were ever picked up and put in deportation proceedings.
But ICE data published by the Center for Immigration Studies show there are more than 172,000 convicted criminal aliens with final orders of removal still loose in the United States. So based on this data, ICE arrested only about 0.05 percent of the dangerous unlawfully present persons in our communities during this operation, making joyous back flips over this latest string of arrests seem a bit premature.
During the 12-day enforcement action, ERO officers apprehended 64 aliens with criminal convictions. The remaining 37 fall under the agency’s enforcement priorities as recent immigration violators or important federal interest cases. Those arrested had criminal histories with past convictions for drug trafficking, DUI, weapons violations, child sex offenses, identity theft, and other serious criminal offenses.
These 101 aliens hailed from 24 countries including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Poland, Brazil, Italy, Morocco, Liberia, Guinea, Kenya, Honduras, Jamaica, Georgia, Bahamas, Columbia, Peru, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Korea, Ecuador, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and India.
Among those arrested were:
- A 46-year-old Liberian man with a felony conviction for statutory sexual assault on a minor. He was arrested in Philadelphia, Aug. 15 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
- A 57-year-old Jamaican man with a felony conviction for aggravated assault. He was arrested Aug. 15 in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
- A 29-year-old Sierra Leonean man with prior convictions for DUI, drug possession and corruption of minors. He was arrested in Hamilton, New Jersey, Aug. 19 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
- A 22-year-old Mexican man with a prior conviction for carrying a deadly weapon. He was arrested in Huntington, West Virginia, Aug. 26 and will remain in ICE custody pending his removal from the United States.
Unfortunately, unlawfully present aliens committing crimes in the United States is nothing new, and probably won’t stop anytime soon. Earlier this year, MRCTV reported three illegal alien gang members were convicted of a slew of violent crimes including openly shooting one guy and viciously stabbing and hacking up another, as well as engaging in various racketeering and weapons crimes – all about 30 minutes from ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. At least two people, including one innocent person the criminals mistakenly thought was a gang rival, had to die before these guys were arrested.
ICE Director Sarah Saldaña recently testified before Congress that she doesn’t know how many illegal aliens with criminal records are currently living in American communities. However, she did confess ICE had released nearly 20,000 criminal aliens back into American communities last year alone, on top of more than 30,000 released the year before.