36 Arrests In Immigration Crackdown

New Mexico – A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation in New Mexico has led to the arrest of 36 people.

ICE says the New Mexico arrests are part of operation Cross Check which began Sept. 17 and resulted in 2,901 arrests in 50 states and four U.S. territories. Among those picked up were 1,282 people with multiple convictions and some who were legal permanent residents.

Of the 36 people arrested in New Mexico last week, 18 had drug-trafficking or serious drug-crime convictions; 11 had been convicted of serious violent crimes; two were convicted of theft; and one was a registered sex offender.

The Santa Fe New Mexican ( ) reports the weeklong roundup in New Mexico involved 25 officers from ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations team, which includes Border Patrol officers.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,

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