U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s fugitive operations officers arrested 188 people from 11 different countries in California during a five-day operation.
The people were arrested in the Los Angeles area, and the operation focused on at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives, ICE said Thursday.
Most of those targeted had prior convictions for drug offenses or drunk driving. Fifteen had been convicted of sex crimes, and another 27 for domestic violence, according to ICE.
“Operations like these 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,” David Marin, field officer director for ERO in Los Angeles, said in a statement.