ICE arrests 72 during 2-week operation targeting immigration
CHICAGO - Local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fugitive operations teams arrested 72
foreign nationals in the Chicago area during a two-week-long enforcement action targeting immigration
fugitives and criminal aliens.
The ICE operation, which ran May 10-14 and May 24-28, targeted immigration fugitives with outstanding
deportation orders, aliens with criminal records, and previously deported aliens.
Arrests were made in the following communities: Addison, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Bensenville,
Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Bridgeport, Bridgeview, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Chicago, Darien,
DuPage County, Elgin, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Joliet, Lisle, Melrose Park, Mundelein, Naperville,
North Chicago, Oswego, Palatine, Palos Hills, Plainfield, River Grove, Rock Island, Round Lake,
Waukegan, Willow Springs, Hammond, Ind., and Merrillville, Ind.
Of the 72 arrested, 59 are fugitives with outstanding deportation orders. Immigration fugitives are aliens who
fail to appear for their immigration hearings, or who abscond after being ordered by a federal immigration
judge to leave the country.
The remaining 13 were arrested based on their prior criminal or immigration histories; some of their
convictions and arrests include: drug possession, domestic battery, drunken driving, retail theft, residential
burglary, and larceny. Seven of those arrested were previously deported aliens.
The arrestees, 65 men and seven women, represent the following countries: China, Colombia, Czech
Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Israel, Jamaica, Lithuania, Macedonia,
Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia and South Korea.