78 Immigration Arrests Across Arizona in One Week

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78 Immigration Arrests Across Arizona in One Week
TUCSON, AZ - JUNE 03: Leon Gutierrez (R), of the Tucson Police Department's Gang Tactical Unit, assists patrol officers Luis Hernandez (L) and Jessica Stoneham who were responding to a fight June 3, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Tucson Police Department is currently gearing up to begin training its officers on the implementation of the state’s controversial new immigration law SB 1070. Among other things the new law makes it a state crime to be an "unauthorized alien" or to knowingly harbor, hire or transport an unauthorized alien. A Tucson police officer was one of the first to file suit in federal court challenging the new law. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
It was a big week for immigration-related arrests. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has confirmed that a week-long special operation across the state resulted in 78 arrests.
The list of arrests includes many immigrants who had been incarcerated for serious crimes in the past. Field office director Henry Lucero announced on Friday that the operations in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Yuma and other parts of the state last week concluded with dozens of arrests of individuals with serious offenses like kidnapping, domestic violence, aggravated assault and drug trafficking. Almost 30 of the suspects arrested had DUI convictions on their records.
Lucero said the state is safer now that many of those arrested are in the process of being deported. Although the identities of those arrested were not made public, their nationalities include Mexico, Peru, Russia, Guatemala and El Salvador.

For more information, please visit the official website of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency HERE.

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