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ICE removal: 6 days, 50 states, 3,100 arrests

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Photo via U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

ICE ERO arrested more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens, fugitives and immigration violators in a six-day nationwide enforcement action. In this photo an ICE agent arrests a criminal alien after arrest in Los Angeles.

More than 200 "convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives" were arrested in the Southland during a nationwide, six-day, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) operation that captured over 3000 people in all 50 states, the agency announced today.

The "Cross Check" enforcement operation saw the arrest of 2,834 individuals with prior criminal convictions including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, terroristic threats, drug trafficking, child abuse, and sexual crimes against minors, among others.

"The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE's ongoing commitment and focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and those that game our nation's immigration system," said ICE Director John Morton. "Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ICE officers and agents in tracking down criminal aliens and fugitives, there are 3,168 fewer criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators in our neighborhoods across the country."