Between July 13 and August 20, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested more than 2,000 illegal immigrants, according to a press release from the agency. About 85% of those arrested had criminal convictions and pending criminal charges.
"The aliens targeted during this operation preyed on men, women, and children in our communities, committing serious crimes, and, at times, repeatedly hurting their victims," said Tony Pham, the acting director for ICE.
ICE said that many of the illegal immigrants arrested had multiple charges and convictions for crimes:
- Nearly 800 were for assault
- More than 500 were for domestic violence
- Almost 150 were for sexual offenses
- More than 100 were for sexual crimes with a minor
"By focusing our efforts on perpetrators of crimes against people, we're able to remove these threats from our communities and prevent future victimization from occurring," Pham said. "Through our targeted enforcement efforts, we are eliminating the threat posed by these criminals, many of whom are repeat offenders."