Secretary John F. Kelly has ordered the director of ICE to immediately begin the hire of 10k ICE agents in order to effectively enforce the immigration laws in the central regions of the United States.
Kelly said the memo implements the Executive Order, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” issued by President Trump on January 25. ICE agents and enforcement officers were used earlier this month to conduct a targeted roundup of criminal aliens in metropolitan areas across the country. Agents and officers arrested more than 600 criminal aliens in 11 states. “Of those [680 aliens] arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges,” Secretary Kelly wrote in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas.
The majority of the aliens arrested were convicted of crimes. ICE agents routinely remove violent criminal aliens from the country. The additional agents will allow the Department of Homeland Security to continue carrying out its mission efficiently. The proper enforcement of immigration laws in the interior of the country is vital. This hiring policy from Secretary Kelly is effective immediately.
Some statistics from Breibart:
February 2017 – Fugitive enforcement operations began Monday, Feb. 6 in the Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Antonio areas of responsibility, which resulted in more than 680 arrests of convicted criminal aliens and other immigration enforcement priorities;
March 2015 – National Cross Check operation that led to 2,059 arrests nationwide;
August 2013 – National fugitive enforcement operation resulting in 1,660 arrests including 1,517 convicted criminals;
April 2012 – National Cross Check operation that resulted in more than 3,100 arrests;
September 2011 – National Cross Check operation leading to the arrest of more than 2,900 convicted criminal aliens;
June 2011 – National Cross Check operation that resulted in more than 2,400 arrests across all 50 states.