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DHS, ICE Announce Arrests of More than 170 At-Large Aliens in Sanctuary Jurisdictions

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday the conclusion of a week-long targeted enforcement operation that resulted in the apprehension of more than 170 at-large aliens throughout the U.S., where sanctuary policies have largely prohibited the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in the arrest of criminal aliens.

Acting Secretary McAleenan Announces a New Designation of Aliens Subject to Expedited Removal

WASHINGTON – On July 23rd, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced a new designation of aliens subject to expedited removal that applies to certain aliens encountered anywhere in the country within two years of illegal entry. Use of expedited removal pursuant to the new designation will help alleviate some of the burden and capacity issues currently faced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) by allowing DHS to more quickly remove certain aliens encountered in the interior.

DHS Immigration Enforcement Priorities

In 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced a number of measures to strengthen and unify the Department’s immigration enforcement priorities by concentrating resources on the arrest, detention, and removal of individuals identified as posing a threat to national security, public safety, or border security. The 2014 priorities emphasized criminal convictions over criminal arrests, and focused on felonies and significant or multiple misdemeanors over minor infractions of the law. The priorities also focused on forward-looking efforts to further reduce unlawful migration by targeting recent border crossers and those who significantly abuse the visa system.

Written testimony of ICE for a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest hearing titled “Declining Deportations and Increasing Criminal Alien Releases – The Lawless Immigration Policies of the Obama Administration”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations Executive Associate Director Thomas Homan addresses how ICE works with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to smartly and effectively enforce the nation’s immigration laws. 

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