At least 120 illegal aliens were arrested and deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the course of a four-day sting operation targeting removable illegals.
According to ICE the 120 illegal immigrants had all entered the United States as unaccompanied alien children, or UACs.
While the mainstream media is often quick to paint these “children” as innocent asylum seekers, most of the 120 arrested were shown to have multiple criminal convictions as well as connections to various gangs inside and outside of the United States. They were allowed into the U.S. on account of their young age.
ICE officials released a statement Tuesday indicating that they had waited for these illegal immigrants to reach the right age before deportation.
“The UACs targeted for arrest during this operation,” the statement said, “had either reached the age of 18 or were at least 16 and had criminal histories and/or suspected gang ties.”
The mass arrests were made during a nationwide ant-illegal immigration initiative that took place between July 23 and 26, and the latest 120 accounted for almost a quarter of the total 650 arrested during Operation Guardian/Border Resolve.
The operation specifically targeted illegals who’d entered the U.S. as unaccompanied children, and all who were arrested during the massive operation had previously received a final order of removal by an immigration judge in the U.S., according to ICE officials.
ICE officials reported that “130 of the 650 had criminal convictions” beyond their status as illegal immigrants, and their crimes included “DUI, assault and battery, drug possession, domestic abuse and sexual assault.”
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan gave a hardline in his statement regarding UACs in the U.S.
“Illegally entering the United States as a family unit or UAC does not protect individuals from being subject to the immigration laws of this country,” he said, urging “anyone considering making the dangerous and unlawful journey to the United States” to “not take the risk.”
“Ultimately,” he continued, “you will be identified, apprehended and returned to your home country.”