U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 331 undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions in six Midwestern states, including Illinois, during a monthlong enforcement action.
ICE released the information Friday, saying the arrests were made between May 9 and Monday in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri.
"Those arrested who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future," reads an ICE news release. "All of those apprehended during this operation were immigration enforcement priorities as outlined in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson's 2014 memorandum."
There were 107 individuals arrested by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations team in the greater Chicago area.
"Ninety-six of the 107 have been convicted of crimes in the United States, including: robbery, possessing a stolen vehicle, aggravated DUI, rioting, aggravated sexual abuse, aggravated assault on an officer, and weapons offenses," according to ICE. "The remaining 11 are agency priorities as recent border crossers. Twenty-one had previously been deported and illegally re-entered the United States."
Ricardo Wong is the field officer director for ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations in Chicago.
"Our dedicated officers strive to make our communities safer by arresting convicted criminal aliens and removing them from the United States," he said in a statement. "By focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders, we ensure the very best use of our resources while immediately improving public safety."