Pre-Thanksgiving ICE sting nets dozens of DC-area illegal immigrants with criminal histories

by Anna Giaritelli l [First published by on December 02, 2019]

Federal immigration officers arrested more than 56 people across the Washington metropolitan region during a November sting operation that targeted people with criminal histories illegally residing in the country.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations officers made the arrests in D.C., northern Virginia, and Maryland from Nov. 12 to 20. The most arrests, 14, were made in Fredericksburg, Virginia, followed by nine in Washington and six in each of Fairfax and Falls Church, Virginia.

Those taken into custody had been arrested earlier on criminal and civil charges. One Honduran arrested in Operation Eagle’s Shield had been convicted of sexual battery. Another person from El Salvador had been deported before and was identified by law enforcement as a member of the MS-13 transnational criminal organization. The same person had also been convicted three times for being drunk in public.

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