25 people arrested in Nebraska in multi-state ICE immigration enforcement operation

  • 25 people arrested in Nebraska in multi-state ICE immigration enforcement operation

25 people arrested in Nebraska in multi-state ICE immigration enforcement operation

Immigration authorities targeted suspected illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds during an enforcement operation that spanned several states last week, but an advocate says such efforts stir fear in legal immigrants, including those who have become USA citizens.

Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 78 criminal aliens and immigration violators in five Midwest states during a six-day enforcement action, which ended Friday. 62 also had criminal convictions.

Officials say the arrests happened over six days.

Among the arrests was the apprehension of a 49-year-old Honduran man in Omaha, who had previously been convicted of illegally re-entering the US after deportation twice, eight DUIs and other offenses, ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said.

ICE says the operation targeted those who have criminal records, are public safety threats or violated immigration laws.

Those arrested came from the following countries: Mexico (35), El Salvador (15), Guatemala (11), Honduras (10), Ethiopia (2), South Sudan (2), Kenya (1), Ivory Coast (1) and Sudan (1).

These individuals will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings, re-instatement of their prior deportation orders or criminal court proceedings. Agents arrested 27 men on April 29 at various locations in the metro area. ICE did not release information about where the arrests were made.

Federal officers arrested more than 70 people who are criminal aliens or immigration violaters in five Midwest states.

In some cases, he said, they don't go to work or take other precautions because they are afraid.