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: Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. The 287 men and 10 women arrested are from 29 countries.
ICE officers made 24 arrests in the Wichita area during the operation. The majority of those arrested, 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.
Of the 297 individuals arrested overall, 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.
In fiscal year 2013, ICE conducted 368,644 removals nationwide; 82% of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.
ICE targets serious criminal aliens, 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 criminal aliens who have been previously deported and illegally re-entered the country.
Following are two case examples of individuals arrested in the Wichita area during the operation (in accordance with Department of Homeland Security privacy policies, names are not included):
·A 38-year-old Honduran national previously convicted for possessing stolen property and fraud/impersonation. Following his convictions he was sentenced to six months in prison and deported to Honduras. He was arrested May 19 in Hutchinson, Kansas and remains in ICE custody pending acceptance of his case for prosecution for illegally re-entering the country, or his deportation from the United States.
·A 26-year-old Mexican national previously convicted of theft and domestic battery. He served a year in prison and was deported to Mexico. He was arrested May 29 in Wichita, Kansas and remains in ICE custody pending acceptance of his case for prosecution for illegally re-entering the country, or his deportation from the United States.