Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ICE agents make several arrests (Santa Fe New Mexican)

ICE agents make several arrests

The New Mexican and wire services

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said its agents arrested several criminal immigrants Monday in the El Paso office region, which includes Santa Fe.

ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa said no specific information was available about the arrests, but the agents targeted immigrants who are criminals or fugitives. How many people might have been arrested in Santa Fe remained unclear, but a city resident whose son-in-law was arrested said ICE agents in plain clothes pounded on her door just before 8 a.m.

"They never said they were immigration or anything like that," said the woman, who did not want to be identified. "It's not right they called themselves police officers," she said. "They were dressed like normal people. How are people going to feel confident about opening the door to anyone?"

Zamarripa said ICE agents always identify themselves as ICE police and wear blue jackets with those words.

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