MILWAUKEE -- Nearly 300 criminal undocumented immigrants, fugitives and other immigration violators were arrested in six Midwestern states during a month-long operation conducted by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations.
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.
Those arrested include 56 immigration fugitives who have outstanding deportation orders and 81 previously deported aliens, five of which face federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation.
ICE officers made 49 arrests in the Milwaukee area during the operation. The majority of those arrested, or 44, were convicted criminals. Seven of the 49 males were immigration fugitives and eight were previously deported from the United States. Those arrested are from the following countries: Mexico (41), Laos (3), Nicaragua (2) and one each from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Romania.
Of the 297 individuals arrested, 233 were criminal immigrants 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.