2,400 convicted foreign nationals were arrested during a week-long “Cross Check” enforcement operation back in May 2011. The announcement was made by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) yesterday.

Quoting from the official news release:

“ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes efforts first on removing those serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, such as those charged with or convicted of homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, major drug offenses and threats to national security. ICE also prioritizes the arrest and removal of those who game the immigration system including immigration fugitives or those criminal aliens who have been previously deported and illegally re-entered the country.

To date, ICE has removed a record number of more than 109,700 criminal aliens from the United States in fiscal year 2011, including more than 585 criminal aliens convicted of homicide and more than 3,177 criminal aliens convicted sex offenders. [Emphasis Added]”

To read the full news release click here.

Zoe Kevork. Principal Attorney.