Law enforcement operation arrests 20 alien criminals in Madison area

6 of the 20 alien criminals had outstanding deportation orders, officials say
Law enforcement operation arrests 20 alien criminals in Madison area

A targeted law enforcement operation in the Madison area led to the arrest of 20 convicted criminals illegally living in the United States, according to a release.

The operation, which ended Saturday, was conducted by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, officials said.

The 20 arrested criminals illegally living in the area have convictions for armed robbery, felon possessing a firearm, drug possession, battery, domestic abuse, using a dangerous weapon, theft, manufacturing or delivering cocaine and violations for driving under the influence, according to the release.

Six of the convicted criminals were also immigration fugitives with outstanding deportation orders, according to the release. One of the alien criminals had been previously deported but illegally reentered the United States, which is a felony that carries a sentence of up to 20 years if convicted.

“Convicted criminals and egregious immigration violators are among ICE’s highest enforcement priorities,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ERO Chicago. “By targeting our efforts on these egregious offenders, we are improving public safety while making the best use of our resources.”

Of the 20 criminals illegally living in the United States, 17 were men and three were women, according to the release. Fifteen of the illegal aliens were from Mexico; two were from Honduras, and one each was from Argentina, Laos and Peru. The majority of the arrests were in Madison, but four were arrested in Jefferson, two in Watertown and one in Beaver Dam.

During 2013, ICE arrested and removed 368,644 illegal aliens nationwide, according to the release.