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Administration officials are beginning to ratchet up the pressure on Congress to pass controversial immigration-reform measures, but critics fear the changes are already being made without lawmakers' consent.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday said more than 2,400 convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives were arrested in May in a seven-day targeted "Cross Check" enforcement operation as part of what ICE called the Obama administration's "ongoing commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens that threaten public and national security."
Under fire for its stepped-up deportation program, the Obama administration said Friday it will take a number of steps intended to focus on criminal aliens and make it less likely illegal immigrants without convictions are deported.
Federal agents arrested 130 illegal immigrants in Northern Virginia as part of the three-day sweep focusing on criminal aliens, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-led task force has arrested 678 gang members and their associates from 133 different gangs during a nationwide sweep in 168 U.S. cities targeting gangs affiliated with drug-trafficking cartels in Mexico.
A federal grand jury in Richmond has indicted 22 members of a suspected fraudulent-document-trafficking ring based in Mexico with cells in 19 U.S. cities and 11 states that reportedly sold high-quality phony identification cards to illegal immigrants and used beatings, kidnappings and murder in dealing with competitors and disciplining its own members.
The director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday told the parents, friends and associates of slain ICE Agent Jaime Zapata that the U.S. and Mexican governments would "bring the long arm of the law down" on the drug smugglers who killed him and wounded his partner Victor Avila.
One U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent assigned to an attache office in Mexico City was killed and a second agent wounded when shot Tuesday afternoon by unknown assailants while driving on a highway between Mexico City and Monterrey.