482 Criminal Aliens Removed from Tri-state
Georgia (ICE) — Four hundred eighty-two criminal and non-criminal
deported from the tri-state area last
month by U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention and removal
Those deported were lawfully ordered to leave the United States
by a federal immigration judge or field office director and were
removed to the following countries: Mexico, Honduras, China,
Peru, El Salvador, Jamaica, Haiti, Guatemala, India and Pakistan.
offenses of the criminal aliens removed included drug possession,
aggravated assault, sex offenses, weapons
fraud, robbery, murder, arson, rape, prostitution, selling marijuana,
smuggling aliens, counterfeiting, indecent exposure, child molestation,
second-degree battery and many others. The majority of the “non-criminal” aliens
had illegally entered the country, but had not been convicted
of any other crime.
Detention and removal officers successfully removed the 482
individuals from the U.S. setting a record number of removals.
Approximately 83% of those removed were convicted as criminal
“We are committed to protecting our communities and restoring
integrity to the nation’s immigration system,” said ICE
Field Office Director John Mata. “Our office helps protect
the public by taking criminals and lawbreakers off the streets
and deporting them to their countries of citizenship.”
Mata heads the ICE Atlanta Detention and Removal Office, which
includes Georgia, as well as North and South Carolina.
This ongoing enforcement is part of a 10-year strategic national
initiative focused on locating, apprehending and removing the
more than 400,000 absconders and 80,000 fugitive criminal aliens
with outstanding final orders of removal that are hiding in the
aliens are non-citizens who have committed felonies or other
crimes that make them ineligible to remain
in the United
States in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act
(INA). Status violators have overstayed the authorized period
or otherwise fallen out of their status at the time of admission,
and “non-criminal” aliens have no legal status to
be in the United States under the Act, but have not been convicted
of any additional crimes.
primary goal of ICE’s Detention and Removal
Office is to reduce the number of alien absconders who are
hiding in the
United States. Absconders are typically foreign nationals who
have been ordered removed by a federal immigration judge, but
failed to comply with those orders. Since absconders have already
been through immigration proceedings, they are subject to immediate
removal from the country. Congress has recently appropriated
funds and positions to recruit and hire additional fugitive operations
teams to seek out and remove those absconders and fugitives.