WICHITA, Kansas - Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers made 24 arrests in the Wichita area during a month-long operation.
The majority of those arrested, or 14, were convicted criminals. Two of the 24 were immigration fugitives and 10 were previously deported from the United States.
The 24 men are from the following countries: Mexico (19), Honduras (2) and one each from, Guatemala, Kenya and El Salvador Operation Cross Check, which began May 18 and concluded Saturday, is the latest effort by ICE to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration violators.
Arrests were made in the following six states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri.
The 287 men and 10 women arrested are from 29 countries.
Of the 297 individuals arrested, 233 were criminal aliens whose convictions include: domestic abuse, arson, aggravated assault, battery, burglary, solicitation of a child enticement, weapons possession, aggravated battery of a child, sexual assault of a minor and aggravated criminal sexual assault.
Those arrested include 56 immigration fugitives who have outstanding deportation orders and 81 previously deported aliens, five of whom face federal prosecution for illegally re-entering the United States after deportation.
“The arrest and removal of criminal aliens has an immediate and tangible impact on our communities,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ERO Chicago. “By focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders, we ensure the very best use of our resources while immediately improving public safety in our neighborhoods.”
In fiscal year 2013, ICE conducted 368,644 removals nationwide. Eighty-two percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.