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87 immigrants arrested in Va., DC

Federal authorities arrested 87 foreign nationals in two "targeted enforcement surges" in the Washington area in recent weeks, rounding up men and women from more than 19 countries who allegedly committed crimes after entering the United States, officials said Wednesday.

Twelve of the foreign nationals were considered "immigration fugitives," meaning they already had been ordered to leave the United States but had failed to do so, said Cori Bassett, a spokeswoman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

She said the other 75 were in the country under "a variety of immigration statuses," but either were convicted of crimes or have charges pending against them. They face losing their immigration status and being forced to leave the United States because of criminal wrongdoing, Bassett said.

Bassett stressed that the two enforcement actions, carried out this month and last, were "targeted" at people already under investigation by ICE and did not involve random sweeps of places where immigrants congregate.

"A top priority for ICE is to locate and arrest convicted criminal aliens and ultimately remove them from our country in a safe and humane manner," Henry Lucero, head of ICE's enforcement operations in the Washington area, said in a statement. "Those who come to the United States to prey upon communities ... will be prosecuted for their crimes and ultimately returned to their home countries."

Of the 87 people detained, 85 were arrested in Virginia, including 57 in the Northern Virginia suburbs, ICE said. Their regions of origin include Latin America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Africa. Some of them will be held in custody until the criminal cases against them have been resolved, then will face deportation proceedings, ICE said. Others will be immediately deported.

The operations that resulted in the arrest were separate from another ICE enforcement action this month that targeted immigrant gang members in Northern Virginia.

-- Paul Duggan

By Washington Post editors  |  July 28, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
Categories:  District of Columbia , Paul Duggan , The District , The Region , Virginia  
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good job "Federal authorities"!
once again the Feds do a great job in Virginia in the law enforcement area.

too bad cuccinelli is too busy running for king of the christian far right to solve any of virginias real law enforcement issues.

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

So basicly the federal government is saying that immigrants are not considered to be in this country illegally UNLESS they commit a crime.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | July 28, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I am curious as to how many of these people picked up were LEGAL. ICE are liars...they will do anything to deport you. I guarentee you not everyone was illegal like this article and ICE claims. If you are here illegally and committed crimes, I agree you should be deported, but in these SWEEPS the truth is not being told. They are picking up legal alien residents who have paid their dues, served their time and are living a normal life. This should not be permitted, Obama has to do something about this.

Posted by: unscathed1 | July 28, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the other 100,000 that they missed are in Maryland, since they know it's a sanctuary state.

Posted by: postisarag | July 28, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

87 down, 12 million more to go.

Posted by: kenk3 | July 28, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

My husband's residency has been denied twice. After an arrest for Spousal Abuse. ICE informed me of my husband's long history of crime, AND a warrant for his arrest in his home country. He was taken into custody for removal, and yet an immigration judge let him go on a $50,000 bond, even after an ICE recommendation of No Bail. Who are the laws protecting? He is here illegally, has an Interpol warrant and yet he walks free! He should have been removed immediately!

Posted by: Caliwhat | July 28, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Including those convicted (not accused) for domestic violence!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | July 28, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

A very easy way to stop illegal aliens coming into this nation? Make it a felony and 5 years in prison instead of a stupid civil infraction. Make Washington enact E-Verify a permanent and mandated law, along with 287 (G) arrest, question and detain for ICE. Companies must--SHOULD-- be held responsible for applying a new and modified E-Verify with massive penalties, including painful fines, business asset confiscation and imprisonment. WITH FEDERAL COURTS EVIDENTLY AGAINST A STATE PROTECTING ITS CITIZENS-LEGAL RESIDENTS ECONOMICALLY AND FROM OVERWHELMING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY aND THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION. Locate detention centers in the deserts of America, with tent cities like Sheriff Arpaio has in Arizona for all illegal aliens. Reward whistle-blowers, for those informing on businesses, corporate, factories and stores that are hiring illegal aliens. Build the--REAL--double, parallel border fence and a standing in-perpetuity military zone. The real fence is not is constructed now, as their is no second fence within the perimeter of the barrier between Mexico and our sovereign nation.

In conclusion remove all political incumbents who approve of AMNESTY of any kind and those who undermined the Arizona SB1070 immigration law in their speeches. WE HAVE A COMFORTABLE PLACE FOR CAREER LAWMAKERS IN NOVEMBER--THE JOBLESS LINES AT THE EMPLOYMENT CENTER.THIS SHOULD INCLUDE GOVERNORS, MAYORS, JUDGES AND POLICE CHIEFS, APPEASING SANCTUARY CITIES , TOWNS AND MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS AND HOUSEHOLDS. Tell what your federal or State Senator and Congressman can expect, by wording your furious disapproval at 202-224-3121 Discover the truth not lies at NumbersUSA and JudicialWatch on illegal Immigration. The epitome of Pro-amnesty and allies of special interest, open borders is Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Nany Pelosi, Janet Napolitano and many more.

Posted by: infinity555 | July 28, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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