Announcements of ICE Enforcement Actions

This is a continually updated list of press releases issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and media stories announcing enforcement activities and resulting apprehensions. While ICE considers many of these operations to be "targeted fugitive operations," the agency acknowledges that other foreign nationals are frequently encountered, and "when appropriate, they are arrested by ICE officers." To review additional ICE press releases, visit ICE's website.

 

2018 Announcements

July 16, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 37 Foreign Nationals in Middlesex County, New Jersey

ICE arrests 37 individuals in Middlesex County, New Jersey, during a five-day operation that concluded July 13, 2018. Those arrested included nationals of Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, and Turkey.


June 25, 2018 – ICE Apprehends 40 Foreign Nationals in New York

ICE arrests 40 in New York operation during a four-day enforcement operation that ended June 21, 2018. The arrestees (35 men and 5 women) included nationals from 13 countries: Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Jamaica, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Somalia and Latvia.


June 19, 2018 – ICE Apprehends 146 Foreign Nationals in Ohio

ICE arrested 146 individuals during the execution of criminal search warrant at a facility operated by meat supplier Fresh Mark in Salem, Ohio. Federal document search warrants were also executed at three other Fresh Mark locations in northern Ohio. According to ICE’s statement, the enforcement actions are part of an ongoing HSI investigation into whether Fresh Mark knowingly hired individuals not authorized to work in the United States.


June 14, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 162 Foreign Nationals in Los Angeles Area

ICE arrests 162 in Los Angeles-area operation. According to ICE's statement, those arrested during the three-day operation included nationals from 12 countries: Colombia (1), El Salvador (10), Guatemala (10), Honduras (3), Iran (1), Mexico (129), Nigeria (1), Peru (1), Philippines (2), Romania (1), United Kingdom (1), and Venezuela (1).


June 11, 2018 – ICE Apprehends 91 Foreign Nationals in New Jersey

ICE arrests 91 in New Jersey operation. The operation was supported by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) New Jersey Field Office.


June 5, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 114 Foreign Nationals in Ohio

The Washington Post reported that ICE arrested 114 individuals during two workplace raids at two different locations of Corso's Flower and Garden Center in Ohio-one in Sandusky and one in Castalia.


May 25, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 156 Foreign Nationals in Illinois

ICE announced the arrest of 156 individuals during a six-day enforcement operation in Chicago, Illinois. Operation was conducted between May 19, 2018, and May 24, 2018. According to the ICE statement, 14 of the detainees had final orders of removal, 36 had illegally re-entered to the U.S. after having been previously deported, and the remaining 106 arrests were of foreigners that were present illegally in the United States.


May 22, 2018 – ICE Apprehends 49 Foreign Nationals in Philadelphia

ICE announced the arrest of 49 individuals during a seven-day enforcement action in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. ICE stated that this enforcement operation was conducted in accordance with routine, daily targeted operations conducted by ICE field operations teams every day. Fourteen of those arrested were previously released from Philadelphia County custody, despite having an ICE detainer lodged against them.


May 15, 2018 – ICE Apprehends 78 Foreign Nationals in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota

ICE announced the arrest of 78 individuals during a six-day enforcement action in the following five Midwest states: Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. ICE notes that the arrest statistics provided in the press release represent preliminary data that has been manually reported to ICE headquarters and official numbers may vary slightly.


April 25, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 13 Foreign Nationals in Kentucky

14 News reported that ICE arrested 13 individuals at 4 different Mexican restaurants in Owensboro, Kentucky.


April 24, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 15 Foreign Nationals in Indiana

13 WTHR news reported that ICE apprehended 15 individuals in Plainfield, Indiana.


April 20, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 60 Foreign Nationals in New Jersey

ICE announced the arrest of 60 individuals during a five-day enforcement operation in New Jersey that ended April 20, 2018.


April 17, 2018 - ICE Apprehends About 40 Foreign Nationals in North Carolina

The Associated Press reported that ICE arrested approximately 40 individuals in western North Carolina and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.


April 17, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 225 Foreign Nationals in New York

ICE announced the arrest of 225 individuals during a six-day enforcement operation in New York City, Long Island, and Hudson Valley that ended Saturday, April 14, 2018. Those arrested include foreign nationals from over 50 different countries.


April 5, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 97 Foreign Nationals in Tennessee

The Washington Post reported that federal officials arrested 97 immigrants at Southeastern Provision, a meat-processing plant, in Bean Station, Tennessee on Thursday, April 5th. This is the largest single workplace raid in a decade. 10 people were arrested on federal immigration charges, 1 person was arrested on state charges, and 86 immigrants were detained for being in the country illegally, Tammy Spicer, a spokeswoman for ICE, said in a statement Friday, April 6th.


March 27, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 271 Foreign Nationals in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

ICE announced the arrest of 271 individuals during a five-day enforcement operation in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that ended Thursday, March 22, 2018. Those arrested include foreign nationals from 36 different countries.


March 27, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 89 Foreign Nationals in Texas and Oklahoma

ICE announced the arrest of 89 individuals during a three-day enforcement operation in Texas and Oklahoma that ended Thursday, March 22, 2018. Those arrested include foreign nationals of the following countries: Mexico(59), Guatemala(12), Honduras (8), Colombia(3), Nigeria (2), El Salvador (1), Laos (1), Nicaragua (1), Pakistan (1), and Vietnam (1).


March 23, 2018 – ICE Apprehends 16 Foreign Nationals in Michigan

ICE announced the arrest of 16 individuals during a four-day enforcement operation in western Michigan that ended Thursday, March 22, 2018.


March 16, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 115 Foreign Nationals in San Diego

ICE announced the arrest of 115 individuals during a three-day enforcement operation in San Diego and Imperial counties that ended Thursday, March 15, 2018.


March 2, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 20 Foreign Nationals in Kansas City

ICE announced the arrest of 20 individuals during a four-day enforcement operation in the Kansas City area that ended on Thursday, February 29, 2018. Those arrested include foreign nationals of the following countries: Brazil (1), El Salvador (3), Guatemala (6), Honduras (1), Mexico (7), Romania (1), and Sierra Leone (1).


March 2, 2018 - ICE Apprehends Nine Foreign Nationals in Northern Indiana

ICE announced the arrest of nine individuals during a two-day enforcement operation that ended Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Those arrested include foreign nationals of the following countries: El Salvador (2), Honduras (1), Israel (1), Ghana (1), and Mexico (4).


March 1, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 232 Foreign Nationals in Northern California

ICE announced the arrest of 232 individuals during targeted immigration enforcement operations in the San Francisco area. They released a statement explaining ICE's enforcement activities within sanctuary cities such as San Francisco and Oakland.


February 27, 2018 - ICE Releases Statement on Immigration Enforcement Activities in Northern California

ICE announced the arrest of 150 individuals during targeted immigration enforcement operations in the San Francisco area. The statement explains ICE’s enforcement activities within sanctuary cities such as San Francisco and Oakland.


February 22, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 145 Foreign Nationals in South and Central Texas

ICE announced the arrest of 145 individuals during a seven-day enforcement operation that ended Friday, February 16, 2018. Those arrested include individuals ranging from 18 to 62 years of age who are foreign nationals of the following countries: Mexico (128), Guatemala (7), El Salvador (1), Honduras (7), Peru (1) and Jordan (1).


February 16, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 212 Foreign Nationals in Los Angeles, California
ICE announced the arrest of 212 individuals during a five-day enforcement operation that ended Thursday, February 15, 2018. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) also served 122 notices of inspection to businesses in the area.


January 26, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 86 Foreign Nationals in North Texas and Oklahoma
ICE announced the arrest of 86 individuals in the North Texas and Oklahoma areas during a three-day operation. Those arrested include individuals ranging from 19 to 61 years of age who are foreign nationals of the following countries: Mexico (55), Guatemala (10), El Salvador (6), Honduras (4) Bangladesh (3), Cameroon (1) Jordan (1), Laos (1), Liberia (1), Nigeria (1), Panama (1), Philippines (1) and Zimbabwe (1). The operation was conducted between January 23 and January 26, 2018.


January 23, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 43 Foreign Nationals in Western New York
ICE announced the arrest of 46 individuals during an operation in western New York that concluded on January 12, 2018. Those arrested include nationals of Guatemala, Cuba, Mexico, Thailand, Somalia, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Ecuador, Israel, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Honduras, Belize, Guyana, Sierra Leone, and India.


January 10, 2018 - ICE Apprehends 22 Foreign Nationals in Chicago
ICE announced the arrest of 22 individuals in an operation in the Chicago area during a three-day enforcement operation.


 

2017 Announcements

December 13, 2017 - ICE Apprehends Four Foreign Nationals in New York
ICE announced the arrest of four foreign nationals in New York City during a two-day enforcement operation between December 11 and December 12, 2017.


December 12, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 101 Foreign Nationals in New Jersey
ICE announced the arrest of 101 individuals in an operation in New Jersey during a five-day enforcement operation. Those arrested include individuals ranging from 20 to 71 years of age who are nationals of 31 different countries. The operation was led by ICE ERO with support from ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and CBP. Michael McCarthy, acting special agent in charge for HSI Newark, said "HSI is committed to leveraging its broad jurisdiction to further public safety in New Jersey."


December 8, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 27 Foreign Nationals in Western Michigan
ICE announced the arrest of 27 nationals of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in an operation in western Michigan. According to ICE, five of those arrested could face federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation.


December 8, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 22 Foreign Nationals in Kentucky
ICE announced the arrest of 22 individuals in an operation in northern Kentucky during a two-day enforcement operation. Those arrested include 20 men and two women from Guatemala, Mexico, and Zimbabwe.


November 27, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 55 Foreign Nationals in New York
ICE announced that 55 foreign nationals were arrested during a six-day operation in New York that was conducted between November 13 and November 20, 2017. Although Kings and Queens counties accounted for the largest number of arrests during the operation, ERO deportation officers conducted enforcement actions in all boroughs of New York City, Putnam, and Westchester counties.


November 16, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 198 Foreign Nationals Nationwide
ICE announced that "Operation Raging Bull" resulted in the arrest of 16 U.S. citizens and 198 foreign nationals. According to ICE, "Operation Raging Bull" is an initiative that targets gang members; however, 121 of the foreign nationals were arrested on administrative immigration violations.

According to ICE, individuals are confirmed as gang members "if they admit membership in a gang; have been convicted of violating Title 18 USC §521 or any other federal or state law criminalizing or imposing civil consequences for gang related activity; or if they meet certain other criteria such as having tattoos identifying a specific gang or being identified as a gang member by a reliable source."


November 9, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 25 Foreign Nationals in Long Island, New York
ICE announced the arrest of 25 individuals in Long Island as part of a six-day enforcement effort, dubbed Operation Secure Streets, that ended on November 9, 2017. According to ICE, the operation targeted individuals convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), and 24 of those arrested had prior DUI-related convictions; one additional individual was arrested for immigration violations but did not have a DUI-related conviction.


November 6, 2017 - ICE Apprehends Five Foreign Nationals in New York
ICE announced the arrest of five individuals in New York City. The enforcement operation was conducted between October 26 and November 1, 20187.


October 25, 2017 - ICE Apprehends Three Foreign Nationals in New Jersey and New York
ICE announced the arrest of three individuals in Newark, New Jersey and New York City.


October 20, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 36 Foreign Nationals in New Jersey
ICE announced the arrest of 36 individuals in Middlesex County, New Jersey during a five-day operation that concluded on October 20, 2017.


October 18, 2017 - ICE Apprehends Five Foreign Nationals in New York
ICE announced the arrest of five individuals in New York City.


September 29, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 45 Foreign Nationals in New York
ICE announced the arrest of 45 individuals in New York during Operation "Safe City." This operation was conducted between September 24 and September 27, 2017. According to ICE, operation 'Safe City' focused on areas where ICE deportation officers are denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not honored.


September 28, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 498 Foreign Nationals Nationwide
ICE announced the arrest of 498 individuals from 42 countries for federal immigration violations in multiple cities across the United States during a four-day operation, named Operation "Safe City." This operation was conducted between September 24 and 27, 2017. According to ICE, operation "Safe City" focused on cities and regions where ICE deportation officers are denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not honored.


August 8, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 32 Foreign Nationals in Long Island, New York
ICE announced the arrest of 32 convicted sexual predators during a 10-day period, in Long Island, New York in an enforcement effort dubbed "Operation SOAR" (Sex Offender Alien Removal). This operation was conducted between July 25 and August 3, 2017.


August 3, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 33 Foreign Nationals in Western Michigan
ICE announced the arrest of 33 individuals after a four-day enforcement operation in western Michigan. The arrestees (28 men and five women) included nationals from four countries, Mexico (22), Guatemala (7), El Salvador (3), and Liberia.


August 1, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 650 Foreign Nationals Nationwide
ICE announced the arrest of 650 individuals during a four-day operation titled Operation Border Guardian/Border Resolve, which targeted individuals who entered the country as unaccompanied children and family units. According to ICE, of the 650 arrested, 73 were members of family units and 120 entered the country as unaccompanied children. ICE announced that an additional 457 individuals encountered during this operation were also arrested. The operation was conducted between July 23 and July 26, 2017.


July 25, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 114 Foreign Nationals in New York
ICE announced the arrest of 114 individuals after an 11-day enforcement operation in New York ending July 22, 2017. Of those arrested, 104 were men; 10 were women, including nationals from 35 countries - Afghanistan (1); Algeria(1); Bangladesh (2); Barbados (1); China (3); Colombia (3); Costa Rica (1); Dominican Republic (15); Ecuador (16); Egypt (1); El Salvador (6); Gambia (1); Georgia (1); Grenada (1); Guatemala (5); Guinea (1); Haiti (5); Honduras (4); India (1); Indonesia (1); Israel (1); Ivory Coast (1); Jamaica (8); Jordan (1); Mexico (21); Montenegro (1); Niger (1); Pakistan (1); Poland (1); Romania (1); Spain (1); South Korea (1); Trinidad (3); Turkey (1); United Kingdom (1).


July 21, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 123 Foreign Nationals in Central and South Texas
ICE announced the arrest of 123 individuals after an eight-day enforcement operation in Central and South Texas. During the July 10-19 operation, ERO officers made arrests in the following Central and South Texas cities: Austin (13), Waco (3), Harlingen (44), Laredo (27) and San Antonio (36). Of those arrested, 115 were men; eight were women.


June 9, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 113 Foreign Nationals in Newark, New Jersey
ICE announced the arrest of 113 individuals after a five-day enforcement operation ending June 9, 2017, in the Newark, New Jersey area.


June 9, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 54 Nationals in Central California
ICE announced the arrest of 54 individuals after a five-day enforcement operation in central California. According to ICE, 45 of the 54 individuals arrested had prior convictions.


June 6, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 70 Foreign Nationals in Dallas and Oklahoma
ICE announced the arrest of 70 individuals after a three-day enforcement operation in Dallas and Oklahoma. Of all those arrested, six were females and 64 were males ranging in age between 18 and 50 years old. Those arrested are from the following countries: Cuba (1), Guatemala (1), El Salvador (3), Korea (1), Mexico (62), Zimbabwe (1) and Sri Lanka (1).


May 25, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 22 Foreign Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma
ICE announced the arrest of 22 individuals during a six-week operation ending May 16, 2017, in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.


May 25, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 188 Foreign Nationals in Los Angeles, California
ICE announced the arrest of nearly 200 individuals after a five-day expanded enforcement operation in the Los Angeles area. The operation was conducted between May 20 and May 24, 2018.


May 11, 2017 - ICE Announces Six-Week Nationwide Gang Operation by ICE HSI
ICE announced a six-week nationwide gang operation led by Homeland Security Investigations. Of the 1,378 individuals arrested, 445 were foreign nationals. 280 of the 445 foreign nationals were arrested on administrative immigration violations.

According to ICE, individuals are confirmed as gang members "if they admit membership in a gang; have been convicted of violating Title 18 USC §521 or any other federal or state law criminalizing or imposing civil consequences for gang related activity; or if they meet certain other criteria such as having tattoos identifying a specific gang or being identified as a gang member by a reliable source."

Three individuals arrested in this operation previously had deferred action under DACA. The notice notes that since the start of DACA in 2012, DHS has terminated deferred action for approximately 1,500 recipients due to criminality or "gang affiliation" concerns. Ten individuals arrested during this operation crossed the border as unaccompanied minors.


April 26, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 76 Foreign Nationals in Florida and Puerto Rico
ICE announced that 76 foreign nationals were arrested throughout Florida and Puerto Rico during an enforcement action that was conducted between April 18 and April 21, 2017.


April 24, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 95 Foreign Nationals in Southeast Texas
ICE announced that 95 foreign nationals were arrested throughout southeast Texas during a five-day enforcement action. The operation was conducted between April 17 and April 21, 2017.


April 6, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 26 Foreign Nationals in Colorado and Wyoming
ICE announced the arrest of 26 foreign nationals throughout Colorado and Wyoming during an enforcement action that ran between March 31 and April 3, 2017. All those arrested were men ranging in age between 18 and 56 years old.


April 5, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 82 Foreign Nationals in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
ICE announced the arrest of 82 individuals from 26 different countries during a five-day operation focused in Virginia and the District of Columbia that ran from March 26 to March 30, 2017.


April 4, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 31 Foreign Nationals in New York City
ICE announced the arrest of 31 foreign nationals during a three-day operation in New York.


April 4, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 75 Foreign Nationals in North Texas and Oklahoma
ICE announced the arrest of 75 foreign nationals during a three-day operation in North Texas and Oklahoma that ran between April 1 and April 3, 2017. Of those arrested, 73 were men; two were women; they ranged in age between 18 and 61 years old.


April 3, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 153 Foreign Nationals in South Texas
ICE announced the arrest of 153 foreign nationals throughout South Texas during a 12-day enforcement action, conducted between March 20 and March 31, 2017. The ICE operation took place in Austin, San Antonio, Rio Grande Valley, and Laredo areas.


March 30, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 84 Foreign Nationals in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington
ICE announced the arrest of 84 foreign nationals in the Pacific Northwest, in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington during a three-day operation. The operation was conducted between March 25 and March 27, 2017.


March 27, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 26 Foreign Nationals in Texas
ICE announced that 26 foreign nationals from Mexico and Honduras were arrested by Dallas ICE officers during a three-day operation. ICE officers identified these men at the Tarrant County (Texas) Jail as part of an operation conducted between March 24 and March 26, 2017.


March 14, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 248 Foreign Nationals in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware
ICE announced that 248 foreign nationals were arrested over a two-week period in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware.


March 14, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 61 Foreign Nationals in Nevada
ICE announced that 61 foreign nationals were arrested during a five-day operation in Nevada. The operation was conducted between March 6 and March 10, 2017.


February 22, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 55 Foreign Nationals in Mississippi
The Clarion Ledger reported the arrest of 55 foreign nationals in Jackson, Flowood, Pearl, and Meridian. ICE agents conducted these workplace raids at eight Asian restaurants, including a local chain called Ichiban, as well as sister brands China Buffet and Sake Sushi.


February 13, 2017 - ICE Apprehends Approximately 680 Foreign Nationals Nationwide
ICE announced the arrest of approximately 680 foreign nationals during a five-day operation that ran between February 6 and February 10, 2017. ICE reinstituted "Operation Cross Check," focusing on fugitives, individuals who reentered after they were deported, and at large "criminal aliens" (including foreign nationals with any criminal conviction). See ICE's fact sheets below that provide more information about this series of targeted enforcement actions.


January 27, 2017 - ICE Apprehends 16 Foreign Nationals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
ICE announced the arrest of 16 foreign nationals during a two-day operation in Wisconsin. Arrests were made in the following Wisconsin communities: Milwaukee (8), Waukesha (4), Greenfield (1), New Berlin (1), Oconomowoc (1), and Pewaukee (1). The operation was conducted between January 25 and January 27, 2017.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17041232.