Monday, March 28, 2011

No.Va. immigration sweep picks up 130 criminals, 33 other violators

Washington Post

In the many years before technology enabled virtually instant checks of a person’s immigration status, untold numbers of immigrants — legal and illegal — committed crimes, did their time and were released.

But federal immigration officials are now targeting them, as well, and in a three-day sweep by federal and local law enforcement agencies in Northern Virginia this week, 130 immigrants with prior convictions were taken into custody, officials said Wednesday at a news conference in Manassas.

While performing the “enforcement surge,” as Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton called it, police and federal agents also picked up eight fugitives and 25 people who already faced immigration violations, including three who had been deported.

Of the 163 arrests, 60 were made in Fairfax County, 37 in Prince William County, 20 in Loudoun County, 13 in Alexandria city and 11 in Arlington County. There were additional arrests elsewhere in the region...[Full Article]