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Immigration task force arrests 17 criminal aliens in area

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Published on: Wednesday, September 26, 2012

By Dana Amihere

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement fugitive operations team made nearly two dozen arrests as part of a three-day sting to remove convicted illegal immigrants from the Prince George’s community Aug. 28-30.

Arrestees — all males — were wanted for a range of charges including arson, assault, larceny, driving under the influence and possession of drugs and weapons. Two of the men were illegal re-entrants who had previously been removed from the country, a federal felony offense.

“Maryland is safer today because there are 17 fewer criminal aliens in our neighborhoods,” said Calvin McCormick, field office director for ICE Baltimore’s removal operations team.

The “cross-check” enforcement operation spanned areas of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, including Bowie, Brentwood, Glenn Dale, Hyattsville, Lanham, Oxon Hill, Seat Pleasant, Riverdale, Silver Spring and Upper Marlboro.

As of Aug. 25, ICE had removed 191,412 convicted criminals nationwide for FY 2012 with nearly 12,000 deportations occurring in the month of August alone, according to ICE statistics.

“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment to strengthening and protecting public safety with a focus on the arrest,” said McCormick, “and removal of convicted criminal aliens and those that game our nation’s immigration system.”

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