Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) stated Thursday that officers have now apprehended over 130 illegal immigrant sex offenders as part of a nationwide sting operation, and also pledged to continue efforts to deport illegal immigrants convicted of such offenses.
ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) stated it had captured 138 illegal migrants convicted of sex offenses, including several with a pending deportation order.
The operation was carried out between October 22 and November 4.
The agency, in a statement, presented a comprehensive list of persons arrested by agents in the operations.
A few examples included: a 65-year-old Mexican convicted of persistent sex abuse of a child in March of this year, a Guatemalan caught in Chicago who had a record for predatory criminal sexual assault of a juvenile, and a 49-year-old Cameroonian national who was convicted of sexual abuse in June.
Agents also detained a Bolivian in New York for first-degree rape, a Mexican in Texas for aggravated sexual assault of a minor, and a Nicaraguan in California for assault with intent to rape, second-degree robbery, and rape with force.
The Biden administration has previously attempted to reduce ICE’s enforcement priorities dramatically.
In 2021, ICE was directed by the administration to focus solely on aggravated offenders, national security risks, and recent border crossers.
This advice corresponded with a significant decrease in deportations and arrests of illegal immigrants.
That guideline was stopped earlier this year in response to a lawsuit filed by Republican states.
It is currently unclear whether the Biden administration’s guidelines being stopped by court order contributed to ICE’s recent success in rounding up illegal migrant sex offenders.