Nearly 300 people — including 24 in the Wichita area — were arrested during a monthlong operation conducted in six states by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, federal officials said.
ICE’s Operation Cross Check arrested criminal immigrants, fugitives and other immigration violators. Arrests were made in Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Missouri.
The 287 men and 10 women arrested were from 29 countries. The operation began May 18 and was concluded last Saturday, officials said.
Of the 297 people arrested, 233 were criminal immigrants whose convictions include: domestic abuse, arson, aggravated assault, battery, burglary, solicitation of a child enticement, weapons possession, aggravated battery of a child, sexual assault of a minor and aggravated criminal sexual assault.
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Of the 24 arrested in the Wichita area, 14 were convicted criminals, ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said in a prepared statement. Two were immigration fugitives and 10 had been previously deported.
Nineteen of the 24 men were from Mexico, Neudauer said. Two were from Honduras and one each from Guatemala, Kenya and El Salvador.