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ICE raids lead to arrests of 16 in Reno area

The Reno Gazette Journal
November 19, 2010

During a recent sweep targeting illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, 16 arrests were made in the Reno-area by Immigration and Customs Enforcement a

The 12 men and four women booked into the Washoe County Jail were from Mexico and El Salvador, said ICE’s Fugitive Operations Program in a statement. The four-day operation ended Friday morning, where agents from ICE office Las Vegas and local parole and probation officers assisted.

So far in 2010, sweeps like these have caused 195,772 convicted criminal illegal immigrants to be deported from the United States, authorities said.

ICE Director John Morton said the operation is a tool used to reduce crime at the street level, making communities safer.

Of the 16 Reno arrests:

*One person had a final deportation order, and was not a convicted criminal.

* Fifteen had prior criminal convictions.

* A 40-year-old Mexican woman was arrested after a judge deported her earlier this year based upon a 2003 conviction of willfully endangering a child.

* One man arrested was a member of a local Mexican street gang and had previous felony convictions of robbery and stalking.

Authorities said two of the 16 arrested have already been deported.

Agents used information from the ICE Fugitive Operations Support Center, which does database checks to help ensure the accuracy of leads on suspects and criminal histories. Since it began in 2006, the support center has given agents more than 550,000 leads nationwide on criminal illegal immigrants in the country.