LOS ANGELES — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 36 fugitives in the nationwide operations this week, about half of them may pose a threat to public safety or national security, ICE announced Friday.
During the nationwide operations, Operation Safe Nation and Operation No Safe Haven III, of the 36 arrested, 17 were sought because they may pose a threat to public safety or national security, including individuals suspected of providing material support to a terrorist organization and 19 were sought for their known or suspected roles in human rights violations overseas, according to ICE.
During the operations that concluded Wednesday, the ICE National Fugitive Operations Program arrested the fugitives in coordination with the ICE Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center, the ICE Counterterrorism Section and ICE field offices in many cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
This concurrent nationwide operation was the first of its kind. It focused on the apprehension of fugitives known or suspected to pose a danger to public safety or national security and those known or suspected of human rights violations.
“Through the vigorous use of our unique investigative authorities, ICE will continue to ensure that our great nation provides no safe haven for human rights violators and other national security threats,” said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña.
“To those hiding in the shadows: we will find you, arrest you and bring you to justice.”
The foreign nationals arrested during these operations all have outstanding removal orders and are subject to repatriation to their countries of origin.
Of the 36 individuals arrested, four are also criminal aliens, convicted in the U.S. for crimes such as drug trafficking, bribery, domestic violence and driving under the influence.
ICE Fugitive Operations Teams conduct investigative enforcement activities every day to identify, locate and arrest those who are removable from the U.S. and present a heightened threat to public safety and national security.
The efforts of these teams result in hundreds of arrests per week, both from daily operational activities and organized operations such as the operations announced Friday.