ICE arrests 130 illegal immigrants in northern Virginia (video)
Updated: March 23, 2011 - 06:11 pm
Immigration agents arrested 130 illegal immigrants with criminal records in a three-day operation in Northern Virginia, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced Wednesday in Manassas.
During the operation, ICE officers arrested 85 people for felony crimes, including rape, assault, drug and child sex offenses. Of the 85, 11 had been previously deported from the United States, and many had outstanding warrants. Arrests were made in Prince William, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and other jurisdictions.
“If you're committing crimes and you're here unlawfully, it's time to go home,” said ICE director John Morton.
The suspects taken into custody include a 49-year-old El Salvadoran man whose criminal history includes convictions for hit-and-run, DWI and child neglect; a 39-British man arrested in Madison, Va., whose criminal history includes a conviction for aggravated sexual battery of a child; and a 39-year-old Ecuadorian man arrested in Arlington who had been convicted of battery, receiving stolen property and statutory rape of a child between 13 and 15 years of age, among other charges.
There were 163 total arrests of which 130 were criminal aliens. There were eight fugitives – three of which had already been deported and came back illegally. There were also 22 who were non-criminals who were issued a notice to appear in immigration court. Of the 163 arrested, 134 were men and 29 were women.
They came from 32 different nations, including countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa.
Morton said, “the criminals we arrested over the past three days are not the kind of people we want in our community," citing the various violent felons arrested, including several charged with crimes against children.
Arrests were made in the following counties: Alexandria: 13; Arlington: 11; Augusta: one; Fairfax: 60; Fauquier: 2; Frederick: 11; Harrisonburg: one; Loudoun: 20; Madison: one; Prince William: 37; Shenandoah: three; Warren: one; Washington: two and in the city of Herndon there were two arrests.
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