“Routine” ICE Sweep Nets Nearly 2,000 Criminal Aliens



Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa aren’t the only ones making America’s streets less safe. Criminal aliens are doing their bit.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) picked up 2,000 illegal aliens in a nationwide sweep July 13-Aug. 20. About 85 percent had extensive rap sheets that include:

  • 388 convictions and 386 pending charges for assault – including assaults on law-enforcement officers.
  • 291 convictions and 216 pending charges for domestic violence;
  • 83 convictions and 64 pending charges for sexual offenses – including rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure and failure to register as a sex offender;
  • 136 convictions and 63 pending charges for family offenses, including neglect and cruelty toward a spouse or child;
  • 71 convictions and 40 pending charges for sexual offenses involving minors;
  • 14 convictions and 12 pending charges for homicide – negligent manslaughter and murder.

Hundreds of other crimes and charges were enumerated, but you get the idea.

Though ICE did not name names or disclose locations, a few could be identified through news reports. One transnational ne’er do well, Manuel De Jesus Rodriguez-Esperanza, 27, arrested in Hyattsville, Md., was wanted in his home country of El Salvador for aggravated homicide.

“He had been ordered deported in 2016, but remained one of the approximately 1 million aliens who managed to remain here in defiance of those orders,” reported Jessica Vaughn of the Center for Immigration Studies.

Vaughn characterized this summer’s ICE operation as “routine” – which makes it all the more revolting.

“It is also routinely startling to see the litany of victimizations that occurred, and routinely infuriating that sanctuary jurisdictions continue to protect these offenders, making it necessary for ICE to take to the streets to arrest them,” Vaughn says.

In fiscal year 2019, ICE arrested individuals with 1,900 convictions and charges for homicide, 1,800 for kidnapping, 12,000 sex offenses, 5,000 sexual assaults, 45,000 assaults, 67,000 crimes involving drugs, 10,000 weapons offenses and 74,000 DUIs.

For its efforts, ICE is the target of a radical left campaign to cripple or abolish the agency. The American Civil Liberties Union jumped on the bandwagon last week.

While some of the latest arrestees face immediate deportation, others will be detained for immigration court hearings. Still others could be released pending legal proceedings.

Henry Lucero, ICE’s director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, said some of the criminal aliens were nabbed at their work places. How many? ICE said it does not keep those statistics. Nor does it track how many were employed.

It would be nice if the agency’s next dragnet scooped up some of those aliens’ employers too.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

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