As part of a four-day enforcement operation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 63 people, including 55 convicted criminal aliens, in San Jose last week, the agency announced today. The operation was carried out by agents from the agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, or ERO, field offices. Timothy Aitken, director of the San Francisco ERO field office, said that the operation “underscores ICE’s ongoing commitment to focus on the arrest and removal of criminal aliens and others who pose a potential danger to the community.”
Of those arrested, 55 had prior convictions for offenses including selling heroin and amphetamines, child molestation, and spousal abuse, according to ICE. Eight of those arrested during the operation face possible prosecution by the U.S. Attorney. The largest number of convictions — 18 — involve driving under the influence, according to ICE. A 29-year-old Mexican national with prior convictions for kidnapping and cocaine possession and a 49-year-old Mexican national convicted this year of child molestation are among those arrested, according to ICE.
The suspects are being processed for removal from the country, ICE said. Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally are facing immediate deportation and the rest will be scheduled for a hearing before an immigration judge, according to ICE.
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