Massive ICE Sweep Nets 26 Illegal Immigrant Predators
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the arrest of 26 illegal immigrant sexual predators during a three-day operation in Los Angeles last week. The news comes as the Biden Administration continues to face record numbers of illegal border crossings, sparking concerns about the safety of American citizens.
The operation, conducted by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, took place from December 18-20 and specifically targeted individuals with a history of sex crimes. Of the 26 arrests, the majority were nationals from Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The crimes committed by these individuals were heinous and included sexual offenses against children.
“These arrests are a testament to the dedication of our ERO officers to protecting the safety of our communities,” said ERO Los Angeles FOD Thomas Giles. “By removing these criminals from our streets, we are fulfilling our mission to enforce the immigration laws of our nation and ensure public safety.”
ICE highlighted three particularly disturbing cases that were uncovered during the operation. One involved a 19-year-old from El Salvador who had been convicted of felony sexual forcible oral copulation of a minor over the age of 14 and battery by restraint. Another was a 40-year-old from Mexico who had been convicted of felony lewd acts with a child and continuous sexual abuse. Lastly, a 35-year-old from Guatemala, convicted of felony child molestation in an inhabited dwelling, was also arrested for removal.
Great job ICE! Unfortunately, this is just a tiny drop in the bucket.
ICE arrests over two dozen illegal alien sexual predators during a 3 day operation in Los Angeles.https://t.co/q27lLWX225
— Americat 🇺🇸 (@catmurphy209) December 26, 2023
This news comes as no surprise, given the alarming statistics released by CBP last week. In November alone, there were 242,418 illegal crossings at the border, making it the highest November in history and the third-highest monthly total overall. These numbers serve as a stark reminder of the ongoing crisis at the border and the urgent need for a solution.
In its statement, ICE highlighted its success in removing dangerous criminals from the streets. In the fiscal year 2022, the agency arrested 46,396 foreign nationals with criminal histories. These individuals were responsible for 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses, 21,531 assault offenses, 5,554 weapons offenses, 1,501 homicide-related offenses, and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.
The need for such operations and swift action by ICE is evident in the recent case of Saulo Cardona Ferreira. The 37-year-old, an illegal immigrant from Brazil, was apprehended by ICE in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Ferreira had been convicted of raping a child in his home country, yet managed to enter the U.S. undetected and was living among American citizens.
The continued high numbers of illegal border crossings and the arrest of sexual predators highlight the urgent need for a solution to the border crisis. While ICE should be commended for its successful operation, it is clear that more needs to be done to secure the border and protect American citizens from dangerous criminals.