Mass Arrest Nabs Over 2K Immigrants

Some were linked to gang activity and aggravated felonies
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2015 6:07 PM CDT
On March 6, 2015, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Dallas frisks Santos Avina Granados, an undocumented immigrant convicted of a felony.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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(Newser) – Immigration and customs officers arrested more than 2,000 people last week in a sting targeting fugitive immigrants linked to criminal activities—including gang members and aggravated felons, CNN reports. Federal officials say the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency's nationwide sweep, dubbed "Cross Check," led to 2,059 arrests, almost half for felonies. Lower-level arrestees had at least three misdemeanors or had "significant misdemeanors" like DUIs, says a DHS spokesman, 13News Now reports. Per the feds, the arrestees come from 94 countries; almost 500 had allegedly re-entered the US after deportation; and the sweep will lead to 163 prosecution cases for the US Attorney's Office. This is the fifth such ICE sting since 2011. (Read about another one here.)

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