ICE did not identify the Belizeans but said that all of the 100 men and 12 women taken into custody by its Removal Operations (ERO) officers during this week’s operation, had criminal histories.
The majority (62) had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges and assault. The remainder had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanours.
“Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country,” ICE said.
It said the remaining individuals are in its custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.
“This operation exemplifies ICE’s ongoing commitment to targeting convicted criminals and public safety threats for arrest and removal,” said David Marin, deputy field office director for ERO Los Angeles.
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