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ICE Arrests 154 Illegal Immigrants Who Didn’t Self-Deport

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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Thursday that it has arrested illegal immigrants who are in breach of their promise to voluntarily leave the country after opting against a normal deportation. ICE Acting Director Tony Pham announced that “Operation Broken Promise,” a 21-day targeted enforcement operation, has since Nov. 2 resulted in the arrest of 154 people who were granted voluntary departure but still haven’t left the country after the agreed time. He said that 133, or 86 percent of those arrested, had criminal convictions or pending charges. “These crimes include crimes of domestic violence, cruelty towards children, sexual assault, prostitution, burglary, and drug offenses,” he said at a press conference in McAllen, Texas. “As of Nov. 18, more of the 50 aliens [have] already been removed from the United States.” This is just the first phase of the operation, Pham said. “ICE will continue to seek out those who …

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