US Department of Homeland Security Enforcement News Update May 2008

May 27, 2008

dhs_official_seal.jpgFrom the US Dept of Homeland Security
More than 900 Arrested in ICE California Surge

May 23, 2008 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – More than 900 criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators have been removed from the United States or are facing deportation following a three-week enforcement surge by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fugitive Operations Teams in California. ICE officers located and arrested a total of 905 immigration violators throughout the state, including 327 in the greater Los Angeles area. Of those arrested locally, 244 were immigration fugitives. More at

ICE Operation Nets More Than 39 Arrests in Phoenix Area
May 16, 2008 (Phoenix, Ariz.) – More than 35 criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, and immigration violators have been removed from the United States or are facing deportation. Of those taken into custody, 21 were immigration fugitives, aliens who have ignored final orders of deportation or who returned to the United States illegally after being removed. Seven of those arrested had criminal histories in addition to being in the country illegally. The majority of the immigration violators arrested during the special operation were from Mexico, but the group also included foreign nationals from Honduras and El Salvador. Since many of these individuals have already been through immigration proceedings, they are subject to immediate removal from the country. More at

Coast Guard Repatriates More than 70 Cuban Migrants
May 16, 2008 (Miami, Fla.) РThe Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated more than 70 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Caba̱as, Cuba who were interdicted in two separate events as a result of CBP Air and Marine efforts. More at

ICE’s Iowa Operation Largest Criminal Worksite Enforcement Operation
May 15, 2008 (Waterloo, Iowa) – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted the investigation and made the arrests of 306 people at Agriprocessors Inc., in Postville, Iowa. Charges in complaints vary by individual and include allegations of aggravated identity theft, falsely using a Social Security number, illegally reentering the United States after being deported, and fraudulently using an alien registration card. More at

Coast Guard Interdicts, Repatriates 79 Cuban Migrants
May 10, 2008 (Miami, Fla.) РThe Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 79 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Caba̱as, Cuba, who were interdicted in four separate events, some involving Customs and Border Protection aircrew. More at

ICE Agents Arrest 80 in Florida Marriage Fraud Scheme
May 9, 2008 (Orlando, Fla.) – More than 80 individuals involved in various marriage fraud conspiracies throughout Florida were arrested this week following a joint investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). More at

Border Patrol Intercepts 61 Smuggled Mexicans
May 6, 2008 (Campo, Calif.) – U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented a human smuggling attempt, discovering 61 Mexican nationals in the back of a tractor-trailer. More at

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