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July 26, 2021Washington, DC, United StatesNational Security, Enforcement and Removal

ICE announces the latest results of Operation SOAR, targeting noncitizen sex offenders

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 302 sex offenders to date as part of a national enforcement effort called Operation SOAR (Sex Offender Arrest and Removal), officials announced Monday.

Operation SOAR is a coordinated enforcement operation that builds on ongoing efforts to arrest and remove noncitizen sex offenders from our communities.

“Our officers have prioritized the arrest of noncitizens who pose the greatest threat to the security and safety of our communities," said ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson. "By focusing our resources on those who have committed sex crimes and demonstrated predatory behavior, we reinforce our steadfast commitment to enhancing public safety across the United States.”

In support of this endeavor, ERO's Fugitive Operations Support Center has spearheaded a collaborative effort with the ERO Law Enforcement Support Center to identify criminal noncitizens who are registered as sex offenders.

In accordance with the civil immigration enforcement priorities, ICE is focusing its limited resources on national security, border security, and public safety.