illegal immigrant being arrested by ICE
illegal immigrant being arrested by ICE

Earlier this summer, officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that they would be conducting raids nationwide. At that time, they specify who they would be targeting. The uncertainty surrounding that announcement, however, has recently been cleared up because, according to ICE, recent raids have led to the detainment of more than 100 of the “most wanted” undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

In fact, as ICE has recently reported, over a four-day raid in Southern California, 112 of these most wanted individuals were captured.

The raids reportedly focused primarily on San Bernadino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. While the individuals who had outstanding deportation orders were removed from the U.S. fairly quickly, those without previous deportation orders were put into ICE custody to await hearings regarding their fate in the U.S.

Who Were These “Most Wanted” Undocumented Immigrants?

The following explains more about some of the undocumented immigrants who were targeted and captured by this recent ICE raid:

  • More than half of those captured had felony convictions for serious or violent crimes, including assault, weapons violations and child sex crimes.
  • One 64-year-old Hispanic man captured in Riverside had been convicted of attempting to murder a law enforcement officer in 1996.
  • Some of the others targeted by the ICE raids included undocumented immigrants who were previously convicted of murder, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, endangering national security, and/or drug or weapons trafficking. Many had at least three misdemeanor convictions (or one serious misdemeanor conviction) on their criminal records.

Legal Barriers to Deportation

Interestingly, there are several barriers to deporting undocumented immigrants, with just some of these including the following:

  • The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s protocol for notifying ICE of the release of undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes is to document the nature of crimes against someone, as well as register their fingerprints in a national federal database. In other words, these law enforcement authorities no longer call and notify ICE when releasing convicts who are undocumented immigrants.
  • In Riverside, deputies give ICE a call two hours prior to the release of an undocumented immigrant convicted of a serious crime. But, if ICE doesn’t show up within two hours, they release the person.
  • All undocumented immigrants charged are ensured a right to a deportation and bail hearing, as well as an appeal of the judge’s final ruling.

This effectively means that those who have been detained may not necessarily be removed from the U.S.

Contact a Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.

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