ICE officially have been making busts all over the country, and this time they’ve set their sights on cleaning up Washington D.C. In the latest but, ICE was able to arrest 82 illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds, with most of them belonging to the murdering gang, MS-13. They were living just a block from the White House.
ICE and police actually conducted a week-long sting in the DC area feeling out where they would be about to get the most people. ICE is still mostly targeting illegals with criminal records, and 80 percent of those who they arrested had criminals backgrounds. Several were deported or threatened with deportation.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 82 illegal immigrants in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area as part of in a five-day sting that concluded March 30, according to a press release Wednesday.
The standard enforcement operation targeted criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives. Virginia topped Maryland and the District of Columbia with the highest number of arrests at 79. D.C. followed with two arrests, while only one Maryland resident was taken into custody.
About 80 percent of the arrestees have been convicted of criminal offenses in addition to illegally residing in the country, including crimes like armed robbery, larceny and drug distribution. The other 14 people were seized for ties to the MS-13 gang, outstanding deportation orders, overstaying visas, being wanted by a foreign law enforcement organization, being a verified human rights violator.