ICE Arrests 175 Illegal Migrants In Nationwide Sting

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced this week that a national sting operation, taking place from August 20 to September 30, resulted in 175 arrests of illegal aliens with multiple DUI convictions.

While this sting operation was implemented to address illegal aliens convicted of multiple DUIs, the criminal histories of those arrested in the sting included much more. According to the ICE website, “In addition to DUI convictions, criminal histories of those arrested include, but were not limited to crimes involving assault, cruelty toward children, weapons violations, domestic violence, fraud, homicide by vehicle, hit-and-run, and larceny.”

ICE agents focused specifically on people with multiple DUIs because, according to Corey A. Price, ICE enforcement and removal operations (ERO) executive associate director, “More than 11,000 people in the U.S. died as a result of crashes involving a drunk driver in 2020. An enforcement operation focusing on individuals who have previously been convicted of DUI – some resulting in death or serious bodily harm – is vitally important to public safety. ERO continues to remove unlawfully present individuals who are negatively affecting the safety of our communities.”

Under the Biden Administration, ICE implemented new policies that limited officers ability to arrest and deport illegal aliens who are also criminals. The new policies forcedf ICE agents to target only those illegal immigrants who were either recent border crossers, national security threats, or threats to public safety.

According to data from Breitbart, the result was a 50% drop in arrests of illegal aliens in FY2021 compared to 2019 and a 62% decrease in deportations during that same time frame.

Thomas Homan, ICE Director under President Trump, told Breitbart in May, “The most historic illegal alien crossings we’ve ever seen in the history of this nation … in that same year, ICE had the lowest number of removals in the history of the agency. And it was at 59,000 [removals]. If you take away the three and a half months of Trump, they actually did 26,000 removals. Understand this, 2.5 million crossings, 26,000 removals.”

What Homan described is a 100-to-1 ratio of illegal immigrants crossing the border compared to those who are sent back. This latest sting is too little too late, especially as it is being publicized just months before the midterm elections.

Those 175 illegal immigrants who were arrested as part of this sting will be placed into removal proceedings and face an immigration judge.