ICE arrests 82 in 5-day area operation

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 82 people during a five-day operation in the D.C. area.

The arrests took place throughout Virginia. Two arrests were in D.C., and one arrest was in Maryland.

Out of the 82 people who were arrested between March 26 and March 30, according to ICE, 68 had previous criminal convictions. Among those without criminal convictions, two had ties to the MS-13 gang, one was a lieutenant in an organization known for human rights abuses and one was wanted by a foreign law enforcement entity.

They were from 26 different countries.

“ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement operations focused on criminal aliens,” said Yvonne Evans, Enforcement and Removal Operations Washington field office director.

“This week’s operation successfully removed immigration violators with a variety of criminal convictions ranging from driving under the influence to grand larceny from our communities,” she said.

Those who have outstanding deportation orders and those who have returned to the U.S. after being deported will be deported immediately, ICE said.

Those remaining will have a hearing with an immigration judge.

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