GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it arrested 57 immigrants who have either been convicted of a crime or violated immigration law.
ICE said in a Tuesday release that its four-day operation to find criminal immigrants and immigration fugitives in West Michigan wrapped up March 6.
ICE said 53 of the people arrested are men and four are women:
- 32 from Mexico
- 18 from Guatemala
- One from Cuba
- One from Saudi Arabia
- One from Sudan
- One from Jamaica
- One from Zambia
- One from Bosnia
- One from Brazil
Three of the people arrested are “egregious immigration violators,” ICE said. 54 have been convicted of crimes including but not limited to: criminal sexual conduct, felony assault with a weapon, felony carrying a concealed weapon, larceny and drug possession.
Arrests were made all over West Michigan, ICE said, including Benton Harbor, Berrien Springs, Coldwater, Covert, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Holland, Kentwood, Lansing, Muskegon, Niles, Shelby, South Haven, Sturgis, West Olive and Wyoming.
Among the people arrested in Grand Rapids, ICE said, were a 63-year-old Cuban man convicted of burglary and firearms crimes, a 28-year-old Guatemalan man convicted of criminal sexual conduct involving a minor and failing to register as a sex offender, and a 35-year-old Mexican man convicted of criminal sexual conduct and larceny.
All three are in ICE custody pending deportation.
ICE removed 368,644 people nationwide in the 2013 fiscal year, 82% of whom had been convicted of a crime, the release said. ICE says it targets criminals, people who have violated immigration laws multiple times and immigration fugitives in its effort to enforce immigration law.