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ICE arrests more than 3,100 in 6-day operation

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ICE arrests more than 3,100 in 6-day operation

Agency targeted criminal aliens, fugitives in busts nationwide

  • Agents take a suspect into custody in Phoenix.
    Paul Caffrey/ICEAgents take a suspect into custody in Phoenix.

More than 3,100 people were arrested during a six-day immigration operation targeting fugitives, immigration violators and criminal aliens, ICE announced Monday.

Arrests were made in all 50 states, three U.S. territories with the help of state and local law enforcement agencies, ICE said.

ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations and Homeland Security Investigations officers arrested 2,834 people who had prior criminal convictions, including 50 gang members and 149 sex offenders, ICE said.

Agents also arrested 698 immigration fugitives who were ordered to leave the country but remained and 559 people with prior removal, the agency said.

"The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE's ongoing commitment and focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and those that game our nation's immigration system," said ICE Director John Morton in a press release.

This is the third, and largest, nationwide Cross Check operation for ICE. Since the first in December 2009, agents have arrested more than 7,400 convicted criminal aliens in seven regional and two national operations, the agency said.

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