27 arrested in ICE operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration violators in MI

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ICE said it targeted "public safety threats", including those who returned to the US after being deported.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 27 people in western MI during an operation targeting criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration violators, officials announced.

"22 criminal aliens and immigration violators were arrested", said Nicole Alberico, DHS spokesperson.

ICE Spokesman Carl Rusnok wrote in a statement, "The executive orders issued by President Trump in January 2017 strongly emphasized the role of interior enforcement in protecting national security and public safety, and upholding the rule of law".

ICE agents conducted the operation across four days on the state's west side. "I applaud the dedicated men and women of ICE who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe".

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While the agency did not provide details on each individual taken into custody, they say their convictions included assault on a police officer, larceny, assault and battery, driving under the influence, domestic violence, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, indecent exposure, retail fraud and welfare fraud.

Five have previously been deported and may now face federal prosecution. ICE agents often encounter others in the country illegally during the enforcement projects.

"However, as ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan has made clear, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement".

More than twice as many immigrants were deported from Colorado and Wyoming in fiscal year 2017 compared to the previous year.

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