ICE arrests 78 in 5 Midwest states

Lloyd Doyle
May 17, 2018

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) say in a press release that 78 arrests were made in five Midwest states during a six-day enforcement action, which ended Friday. Depending on an alien's criminality, an alien who re-enters the United States after having been previously deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted. Three arrests were in North Dakota, 10 in South Dakota, 15 in Minnesota, and 25 each in Iowa and Nebraska.

All of the targets in this operation were amenable to arrest and removal under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.

Most of the people arrested are from Mexico.

Among the arrests was the apprehension of a 49-year-old Honduran man in Omaha, who had previously been convicted of illegally re-entering the US after deportation twice, eight DUIs and other offenses, ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said. ICE officials say 15 criminal aliens and immigration violators were arrested in Minnesota. They will remain in ICE custody pending removal, deportation and criminal court proceedings.

This is the most recent publicized immigration operation in the Omaha area.

But Sergio Sosa, executive director of the Heartland Workers Center in Omaha, said such raids stir up fear, even among immigrants in the USA legally, including those who have become citizens.

"They feel that fear, that exercising the right to vote, might (draw attention to) a relative or a friend that might not have the proper documentation", he said.

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