The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 93 foreign nationals with criminal records and two others during a five-day enforcement action throughout Florida targeting convicted criminal aliens identified with being in violation of U.S. immigration law.
The enforcement operation, which began Dec. 6 and ended on Friday, was intended to seek, locate and arrest at-large criminal aliens with convictions for drug trafficking offenses, violent crimes and sex offenses.
All 95 were arrested administratively for being in violation of immigration law, and all are being held in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings or removal from the United States. The overall criminal alien arrests include 84 men and nine women, representing 22 different nations, including countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Arrested by ICE officers were:
* A 38-year-old citizen and national of the Dominican Republic. He has prior 2010 convictions in Miami-Dade County for second degree attempted murder, burglary with assault or battery, and child abuse.
* A 25-year-old citizen and national of Mexico had a prior 2005 conviction for cocaine possession. He is also documented as an associate gang member.
* A 42-year-old citizen and national of Mexico had a prior 2010 conviction in Palm Beach County for third degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
* A 44-year-old citizen and national of Mexico had a prior 2002 conviction in Collier County for child neglect.
Those 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 remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.