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ICE arrests nearly 200 in Los Angeles-area operation targeting criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives

ICE arrests nearly 200 in Los Angeles-area operation targeting criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives

LOS ANGELES – A convicted rapist and a previously deported cocaine trafficker are among the 188 individuals arrested in the greater Los Angeles area by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fugitive Operations officers during a five-day expanded enforcement operation that concluded Wednesday targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives.

Of those arrested during the operation, which was spearheaded by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division, 169, or almost 90 percent, had prior criminal convictions – see table below. The statistics cover all of ERO’s arrests in the greater Los Angeles-area from Saturday through Wednesday.


Drug Offenses43Robbery2
Domestic Violence27Obstructing Justice2
DUI30Property Damage1
Sex Crimes15Larceny1
Weapons Violations7Manslaughter1
Vehicle Theft2Receipt of Stolen Property1
Arson2Illegal Re-entry; Illegal Entry3
Cruelty to a Child2  

*Note: criminal aliens with multiple prior convictions are categorized based on their most serious conviction.

Among those arrested were:

  • A 29-year-old Salvadoran national convicted of rape in California who was taken into custody May 22 in Los Angeles. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases indicate the man was deported in 2014 after serving a nine-year prison term, but subsequently returned to the U.S. illegally. The man now faces criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for felony re-entry after deportation;
  • A previously deported 51-year-old Mexican national arrested May 22 in La Puente who served three years in the California Department of Corrections following his conviction for cocaine trafficking;
  • A 47-year-old Mexican national arrested in Los Angeles May 20 who has prior convictions for felony assault and another conviction for battery. DHS databases indicate this individual was released in 2014 by local authorities despite an ICE detainer; and a
  • A 26-year-old Salvadoran national with a final order of removal arrested May 21 in Azusa who is a registered sex offender based upon his 2014 conviction for having unlawful sex with a minor.

The just concluded operation targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including individuals who re-entered the country after being removed, and immigration fugitives ordered deported by federal immigration judges.

“Operations like this are emblematic of the vital work ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers do every day seeking to locate, arrest, and ultimately deport at-large convicted criminals and other immigration fugitives who pose a threat to public safety,” said David Marin, field office director for ERO in Los Angeles. “By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we’re making our communities safer for everyone.”

At least eight of the individuals arrested during the just concluded enforcement action now face federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Those not being criminally prosecuted will be processed for removal from the country. Individuals who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country.  

The arrestees (177 men and 11 women) included nationals from 11 countries.


El Salvador13Honduras5Vietnam1Cambodia1

The arrests occurred in six Southland counties and 64 communities.


Los Angeles93Riverside26Orange23
San Bernardino 21Ventura14Santa Barbara11


Los Angeles26Santa Ana11Oxnard10Riverside9
Santa Maria9Ontario8Long Beach8Panorama City6
Van Nuys5Moreno Valley4Camarillo4Corona4
North Hollywood4La Puente4Garden Grove4Pomona3
Cathedral City3Pacoima3Anaheim3Santa Paula 3
Perris3San Pedro3Duarte2Sylmar2
El Monte2Hesperia2Barstow2Indio2
Glendale2Huntington Park2Fontana2Lynwood1
Southgate1Cudahy1Huntington Beach1Compton1
Baldwin Park1Fullerton1Westminster1Orange1
Lake Forest1Hemet1E. Los Angeles1Arleta1
Santa Clarita1Culver City1Rosemead1Carson1
Inglewood1Colton1Sun City1El Segundo1
Norco1Lucerne Valley1San Bernardino1Hawthorne1
Victorville1Azusa1West Covina1Pasadena1
Pico Rivera1Reseda1Santa Barbara1San Fernando1

ICE deportation officers conduct targeted enforcement operations every day in locations around the country as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety, and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls.

During targeted enforcement operations ICE officers frequently encounter additional suspects who may be in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. Those persons will be evaluated on a case by case basis and, when appropriate, arrested by ICE.

Since President Trump signed the Executive Orders (EOs) regarding immigration enforcement priorities, ICE has arrested more than 41,000 individuals nationwide who are either known or suspected of being in the country illegally, a nearly 40 percent increase over the same period in 2016. Almost 75 percent of those arrested during this period in 2017 are convicted criminals, with offenses ranging from homicide and assault to sexual abuse and drug-related charges. In the greater Los Angeles area, ICE officers made 2,273 administrative arrests during that timeframe, including 2,049 criminal aliens.   


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Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/30/2017