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UPDATE: 83 arrested in Wisconsin immigration sweep

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Six of the 83 detainees were in Marathon County, according to a news release.

CHICAGO — Deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 83 alleged aliens and immigration violators in Wisconsin during a four-day enforcement action, which ended Monday.

Six of the arrests were in Marathon County, officials said. Arrests were also made in Brown, Dane, Door, Eau Claire, Kewaunee, Milwaukee, Oconto, Outagamie, Racine, Rock, Taylor, Tremealeau and Waukesha Counties.

Of the six women and 77 men arrested, 44 had past criminal convictions for crimes including indecent exposure to a minor, assault, sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, larceny, receiving stolen property, driving under the influence, identity theft, illegal re-entry after deportation, indecent liberty with a minor, obstructing police, theft, battery and weapon offenses.

Sixteen of those arrested were immigration fugitives with no previous criminal convictions; 21 others illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported. Depending on an alien’s criminality, an alien who re-enters the United States after having been previously deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted.

The majority of those detained — 68 — are from Mexico. Other detainees are from Columbia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam, officials. said.

In Athens, officials said, ICE arrested a 62-year Mexican man who has three convictions for driving under the influence. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was previously removed from the U.S. He remains in ICE custody pending his removal to Mexico.

“This operation targeted criminal aliens, public safety threats, and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ICE ERO Chicago.

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

ICE deportation officers carry out targeted enforcement operations daily nationwide as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety, and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls. These operations involve existing and established Fugitive Operations Teams.

During targeted enforcement operations, ICE officers frequently encounter other aliens illegally present in the United States. These aliens are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and, when appropriate, they are arrested by ICE officers, officials said.

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