A recent sweep by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement netted 83 people in Wisconsin, including five in Rock County, according to an ICE news release.
Deportation officers with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations made the arrests during a four-day action that ended Monday, according to the release.
ICE does not reveal the names of those it arrests in its “surge operations,” “for reasons of privacy and agency policy,” according to the release.
Of the 83 arrested, 44 had criminal convictions, ICE said. Six were women and 77 were men.
ICE informs Janesville police when it is operating in the city, said Lt. Charles Aagaard of the police department.
ICE has used police interview and booking rooms, but otherwise, police are not involved in ICE operations, Aagaard said.
Police Chief Dave Moore said he would do the same for any law enforcement agency.
Police did not know of any activity in Janesville in the recent sweep, Moore said.
Rock County sheriff’s deputies were not involved in the sweep. ICE’s announcement Tuesday was the first he heard of it, said Capt. Jude Maurer of the sheriff’s office.
ICE agents have used jail fingerprint files to identify inmates who are in the country illegally, Maurer said.
Capt. Brent DeRemer said ICE brought no one to the Rock County Jail for this operation.
Sixty-eight of the arrestees were from Mexico, ICE said. The rest were from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.
More than half had criminal histories, including convictions for indecent exposure to a minor, assault, sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, domestic abuse, larceny, receiving stolen property, intoxicated driving, identity theft, illegal re-entry after deportation, indecent liberty with a minor, obstructing police, theft, battery and weapon offenses, ICE said.
Sixteen were “immigration fugitives” with no criminal convictions.
Twenty-one others illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported, a felony, according to the release.
“Operations like this reflect the vital work our ERO officers do every day to protect our communities, uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws,” according to the release. “We will continue working with our community law enforcement agencies in order to protect citizens and enforce immigration law.”
“All of the targets in this operation were amenable to arrest and removal under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act,” ICE said.