Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 331 individuals during a monthlong operation targeting criminal immigrants and other immigration violators in six Midwest states.
Those arrested included three people in Carlyle and one in Caseyville.
The agency did not release the identities of the individuals arrested, but described them as follows:
▪ A 31-year-old Mexican national with a prior conviction for domestic battery was arrested May 13 in Carlyle.
▪ A 45-year-old Mexican national with a prior DUI conviction was arrested May 13 in Carlyle.
▪ A 45-year-old Honduran national with prior drug convictions was arrested May 24 in Carlyle.
▪ A previously deported 30-year-old Mexican national with prior convictions for domestic battery and traffic offenses was arrested May 10 in Caseyville.
This operation, which began May 9 and concluded Monday, is the latest effort by ICE to arrest and remove convicted criminals who are illegal immigrants. The arrests were made in the following six states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri.
In the St. Louis area, officers arrested 34 individuals. Of those, 28 have been convicted of crimes in the United States including: drugs, aggravated DUI, domestic battery, larceny and hit-and-run. The remaining six are agency enforcement priorities as recent border crossers.
Eight of the 34 arrested in the St. Louis area were previously deported from the United States and illegally re-entered, according to ICE. The 33 males and one female arrested in the St. Louis area are from the following countries: Mexico (17), Guatemala (5), El Salvador (4), Bosnia (2), Honduras (2), and one each from Nigeria, Peru, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.
The majority were arrested in St. Louis (16). Arrests also were made in the Illinois communities of Champaign, Decatur, Caseyville, Carbondale, Carlyle, Murphysboro, Flora and Bloomington, and the Missouri communities of Hillsboro, Imperal, Overland, Perryville, University City and Valley Park.
“Our dedicated officers strive to make our communities safer by arresting convicted criminal aliens and removing them from the United States,” said Ricardo Wong, an ICE field officer in Chicago. “By focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders, we ensure the very best use of our resources while immediately improving public safety.”
By focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders, we ensure the very best use of our resources while immediately improving public safety.
Ricardo Wong, ICE field officer
Those arrested who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals were in ICE custody Friday awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal from the country.