Immigration officers arrest dozens in VA, DC

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fifty one individuals were arrested in Virginia and Washington D.C., by U.S. Immigration and customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers during a six day operation that ran from September 18 to September 23.

The arrests took place in DC and across Virginia including, Falls Church, Manassas,  Herndon among other cities.

ICE said of the 51 people arrested, 47 had previously been convicted of crimes like grand larceny and rape. Also in the press release, the agency mentions that of the three individuals have pending charges against them and one person is in the interpol’s Red Notice’.  Agents said that another person was issued a final order of removal by an immigration judge in January 2015.

Agents said that on September 19 they arrested a man from India in Fairfax who was previously convicted for attempted indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15. On that same day, ICE said they arrested a man from Mexico in Manassas Park who had been previously convicted of rape. Then on September 20, officers arrested a man from Honduras in Portsmouth, Va., who had been previously convicted of abduction by force or intimidation.

All 51 of the arrestees are men from different countries from around the globe including Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Indonesia, Guatemala, South Korea, Iraq, Jamaica, India, Pakistan and Jordan.

The agency said that arrested individuals who have outstanding orders of deportation or who returned to the U.S. illegally after being deported are subject to immediate removal from the country.