ICE Makes 25 Arrests in Iowa During Latest Enforcement Surge

Immigration authorities arrest 78 in five states, including 25 in Nebraska

But Sergio Sosa, executive director of the Heartland Workers Center in Omaha, said such raids stir up fear, even among immigrants in the US legally, including those who have become citizens.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have arrested 78 people in a five-state immigration sweep in the Midwest.

The news release didn't state where the other arrests in Nebraska occurred.

The 72 men and six women detained ranged in age from 20 to 64, and most hailed from Central American countries, he said. 62 also had criminal convictions.

Those arrested came from the following countries: Mexico (35), El Salvador (15), Guatemala (11), Honduras (10), Ethiopia (2), South Sudan (2), Kenya (1), Ivory Coast (1) and Sudan (1).

A total of 78 people were arrested this time including some with prior convictions of assault, rape, child prostitution, and drug dealing.

The individuals will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings, re-instatement of their prior deportation orders or criminal court proceedings.

All of the targets in this operation were amenable to arrest and removal under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.

The ICE release said that during such operations, officers often encounter people who are in the USA illegally and that each was evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

ICE says the operation targeted those who have criminal records, are public safety threats or violated immigration laws.

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