Statewide immigration raids result in 1,157 arrests
Dave Keating | September 30, 2008 at 02:20 amby
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A massive coordinated series of raids in California has arrested more than 1,150 illegal immigrants. The people arrested were those that had received deportation orders and not left the country.
Federal immigration agents arrested more than 1,150 people in the largest collective sweep by specialized enforcement teams in California, authorities said today.
The sweep targeted those who ignored deportation orders or returned to the United States illegally after being deported, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice.
The raids, which ended Saturday, produced 436 arrests in the San Francisco area, 420 in the Los Angeles area and 301 in the San Diego area.
Of the 1,157 illegal immigrants arrested statewide, 595 had outstanding deportation orders and 346 had prior criminal convictions, Kice said. Those arrested come from 34 countries.