37 arrested in operation targeting criminal aliens
Sun-Times Media September 12, 2012 4:51PM
Updated: October 15, 2012 9:28AM
A three-day operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targetting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives in the Chicago area ended Sunday with a total of 37 arrests, including two in Joliet.
Of those arrested, 31 had convictions for crimes such as murder, identity theft, drug possession, illegal use of a weapon, battery, forgery and domestic violence, a release from ICE said.
Twelve previously had been ordered to leave the country but failed to do so, and 11 of those are convicted criminals. Another six had been deported and illegally re-entered the United States, ICE reported.
Of the 37 men arrested, 34 were of Mexican origin and one each were from Poland, Guatemala and Trinidad. Ten were arrested in Chicago; eight in Elgin; four in Palatine; two each in Aurora, Joliet and Calumet City; and one each in Berwyn, Bolingbrook, Hoffman Estates, Huntley, Round Lake Beach and West Chicago.
Three arrests also were made in Hammond, Ind.