Thursday, June 26, 2008

Illegal aliens arrested in southeastern Wisconsin (The Journal Times)

Illegal aliens arrested in southeastern Wisconsin
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:43 PM CDT

RACINE — A five-day operation that ended Tuesday night led to the arrest of 38 illegal aliens in Racine, Milwaukee and Kenosha counties.

The operation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Fugitive Operations Team, according to a Wednesday release.

Those arrested were described as immigration violators and fugitive aliens – “illegal aliens who fail to appear for their immigration hearings, or they abscond after having been ordered to leave the country by a federal immigration judge,” the release said.

Twenty-two of the people arrested in southeastern Wisconsin were immigration violators and 16 were fugitives. The people arrested are from Albania, China, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Ukraine and Yugoslavia.

“It’s important for us to send a strong message to anyone who ignores deportation orders handed down by federal immigration judges,” Glenn Triveline, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations in Chicago, said in the release. “ICE uses all the tools and resources at our disposal to locate criminal and illegal aliens and return them home.”

A spokesman for ICE said Wednesday no more information was available about the arrests made in Racine County.

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