ICE makes 132 arrests in D.C., Va.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 132 people this month in an operation that targeted threats to public safety throughout D.C. and Virginia.

From July 9 to July 20, officers arrested various violent offenders, gang members, sex offenders, fugitives from justice, and those who otherwise pose a significant public safety threat, ICE officials say.

Officials say arrestees include members of several different notoriously violent transnational criminal organizations such as MS-13 and 18th Street gangs.

In collaboration with federal prosecutors, ICE is pursuing criminal charges against 37 of the individuals arrested for federal offenses such as re-entry after removal, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Authorities say those individuals not being criminally prosecuted will be processed for removal from the country. Individuals who have outstanding orders of removal, or who returned to the United States illegally, are subject to immediate removal. The ERO Washington Field Office has already removed nine of the arrestees from the country.

The arrestees, 131 men and 1 woman, were nationals from the following countries: Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, Philippines, South Africa and Sudan.