2-day federal sting nets 31 criminal immigrants
Sun-Times Media December 11, 2012 12:17PM
Updated: January 13, 2013 6:20AM
Thirty-one illegal immigrants, most with criminal histories, have been arrested during a two-day federal sting in the Chicago area.
Twenty-two of those arrested had prior convictions for crimes ranging from battery, aggravated DUI and drug possession to child molesting, sexual misconduct and theft, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Fifteen others were fugitives who failed to leave the country after previously being ordered to do so, an ICE release said. Four were previously deported but illegally re-entered the county, also a felony.
Thirty of the 31 were men from countries including Mexico, Poland, El Salvador and Guatemala, ICE said.
They include a 46-year-old Laotian man with a prior conviction for lewd or lascivious acts with a minor and wanted for an outstanding deportation order, ICE said. He was arrested Saturday in Chicago and is awaiting deportation.
A 44-year-old Honduran man with convictions for molesting a minor was also arrested Saturday at his Schererville home, ICE said. He was deported in 1990 and illegally came back.
A 29-year-old Belizean man with convictions for drug possession illegally re-entered the country three times after being deported in 2004, 2005 and 2006, ICE said. He was arrested Saturday at his Chicago Ridge home and may face federal prosecution for illegally re-entering.
Arrests were made throughout the area, including Addison, Aurora, Berwyn, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Chicago Ridge, Elgin, Gurnee, Melrose Park, Montgomery, River Grove, Wauconda, Waukegan and Wheaton, Ill., ICE said.
Two arrests were made in Northwest Indiana, in Crown Point and Schererville.