2 more Filipinos arrested by U.S. Immigration agents

Two Filipinos were among the 84 foreigners arrested last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in a campaign against undocumented foreigners and those with outstanding criminal records amid the new administration of President Donald Trump.

The U.S. ICE did not name the two Filipinos. Its 3-day operation was carried out in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

The Philippine embassy in Washington, D.C. has yet to issue a statement on the issue.

“Of those arrested during the enforcement action which ended Monday, 60 had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses, and domestic violence,” the U.S. ICE said.

“The operation, conducted by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), targeted criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives ordered deported by federal immigration judges,” it added.

The U.S. ICE said some of the individuals arrested during the enforcement action will be presented for federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, which is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. 

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