Surge in ICE enforcement leads to 44 arrests in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A surge in Midwest enforcement by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led to 280 arrests, 44 in St.Louis.

The initiative was conducted from May 18th to June 13th. The focus was on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens. Officers worked in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri.

ICE reports that 40 men and 4 women were arrested in the area. Convicted criminals were from the following countries: Mexico (33), Guatemala (4), Kenya (2), and one each from Honduras, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Vietnam.

One example of an individual arrested iis a 28-year-old man from Mexico. He has prior convictions for domestic battery and aggravated drunken driving. He was deported in 2007 and then re-entered the United States. Police arrested him in St. Joseph Illinois on May 19th.

Another example listed in the release from ICE is the arrest of a 24-year-old Guatemalan man. He has a prior conviction for aggravated drunken driving. He was arrested May 19 in Urbana, Illinois, and remains in ICE custody pending deportation.