Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Tuesday that a four-day operation titled, Operation Border Guardian/Border Resolve, resulted in the arrest of 650 illegal immigrants last week.
ICE reported in a statement on its website that the operation was designed to target "individuals who entered the country as unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and family units," but have now reached the age of 18. The operation also targeted illegal immigrants 16 years of age who are suspected gang members.
According to ICE, all those arrested had been captured before and ordered to leave the country.
“All of the individuals targeted during this operation had been issued a final order of removal by a federal immigration judge, and had no appeals or motions to re-open their case pending before the nation’s immigration courts,” ICE said in the statement.
The statement also included statistics about the captured 650, of whom 130 had been convicted of crimes such as sexual assault, domestic abuse, and DUIs:
Of the 650 arrested nationwide July 23 to 26, 73 were members of family units and 120 entered the country illegally as UACs. An additional 457 others encountered during this operation were also arrested.
One-hundred and thirty of the 650 had criminal convictions in addition to being in the country illegally, for crimes including but not limited to DUI, assault and battery, drug possession, domestic abuse and sexual assault.
According to ICE, this is actually the second time they've conducted operation Border Guardian/Border Resolve. The first was in January and February of 2016, after a notable spike in Central American families attempting to cross the border.
President Donald Trump has been focused on the problem of illegal immigration, specifically with regard to its contribution to gang activity. Last month, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told C-SPAN that Border Patrol Agents have seen a "miraculous" 53 percent decrease from last year in the number of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border.
According to Judd, Trump's rhetoric and immigration policies has made illegal immigration into the U.S. far more consequential.
Trump plans on not only beefing up ICE's manpower, but he has also called for the passage of bills such as "Kate's Law," which increase penalties for illegal immigrants who have been deported previously.
(H/T: Daily Caller)