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Immigration Raids Net 96 Arrests in Greater L.A. Area

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This week the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a three-day dragnet in California aimed at "finding, arresting and removing at-large criminal aliens and immigration fugitives who have ignored court-ordered deportation," reports the Daily News.

Their efforts netted the agency "286 foreign nationals with criminal records," including 96 brought in from the greater Los Angeles area. Those arrested represent individuals who have committed a variety of crimes, from terroristic threats to lewd acts against minors, and some have ties to known street gangs. 100 of the arrested had been previously deported but returned, and many had prior convictions for serious and violent crimes.

Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles ICE office notes of the raids: "It's the largest operation of its kind we've ever conducted. This agency has intensified its efforts in recent months to locate, arrest and deport criminal aliens."