112 Immigrants With Criminal Convictions Arrested in SoCal ICE Operation: Officials

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An immigrant without legal status picked up by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations Team in an August 2015 raid. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

More than 100 immigrants with criminal convictions were arrested during a four-day sweep in Southern California, federal officials announced Thursday.

The operation spanned Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and targeted 112 immigrants who had been released after serving previous sentences — but who could not be held for deportation under state law.

The arrested were immigrants who were involved in gang activity or had three or more misdemeanor convictions or a conviction for a “significant” misdemeanor such as a DUI. Some of those arrested this week were in the country legally, officials said.

Though everyone who was arrested is subject to deportation under federal law for their previous crimes, most were released back into the country after serving their past sentence because of a state law that took effect in January 2014, said David Marin, deputy field office director for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s office in Southern California.

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