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ICE arrests 3,100 undocumented immigrants in national operation; 206 in LA

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

April 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has arrested 3,100 criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators across the country, including 206 people in the Los Angeles area.

The arrests were part of a six-day national Cross Check enforcement operation. It was the largest of its kind and involved more than 1,900 ICE officers and agents.

Of the 206 individuals taken into custody in the Los Angeles area, 106 had prior convictions for serious or violent crimes including manslaughter, drug possession and arson.

Other arrests were made in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Locally, 53 of those arrested were previously deported immigrants who had illegally re-entered the country, and more than 70 have already been removed from the United States.

Because of their serious criminal histories and prior immigration arrest records, at least 204 of those arrested nationwide were presented to U.S attorneys for prosecution on a variety of charges including illegal re-entry after deportation, a felony which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

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