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ICE operation nets undocumented individuals in Santa Barbara, Ventura counties

Nearly 200 arrested in 5-day operation

ICE operation nets undocumented...
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. -
Strategically planning out their enforcement, this video from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows officers in L.A. as they are about to make an arrest. 
 
This was a part of ice's five day operation, focusing on at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives. In total, crews arrested nearly 200 people living in six Southern California counties. 
 
Nine of those people were found right here in Santa Maria. Some residents we spoke with say they're  happy to see these people off the streets.
 
"I think that if they're causing problems they should be arrested and either sent back to Mexico or put in jail here," says Phyllis Jewett. 
 
Since President Trump changed immigration enforcement priorities, ICE arrests have gone up nearly 40 percent from the same period of time in 2016. Those arrested in their most recent operation came from 11 different countries and the most common criminal conviction for offenders was drug offenses. 
 
Santa Maria resident Lorena Garcia says she wishes immigrant families like hers weren't lumped in with those who have been arrested. "It's unfair how we are stereotyped as criminals and rapists and gang members just because some folks are and not all of us are. Most of us are hardworking individuals that are here to do just what everyone else is doing in search for that American dream," she explains. 
 
Garcia says some people in the community are scared because of the uptick in arrests but believes those who are abiding by the laws shouldn't be scared, telling us: "If they aren't doing anything bad and they're just here to work like everybody else is, they shouldn't have to worry and those that are breaking the law and are doing bad things, there's gonna be consequences for that."
 
According to ICE, those not being criminally prosecuted from this most recent operation will be processed for removal from the country.
 

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ORIGINAL STORY: A five-day ICE enforcement operation targeting undocumented individuals and those accused of committing a variety of crimes saw 188 arrests throughout Southern California and the Central Coast.

17 people were arrested in Ventura County alone at locations that included Oxnard, Santa Paula, and Camarillo. Nine people were arrested in Santa Maria with one person taken into custody in Santa Barbara.

Here's a complete breakdown of arrests by city:

CITY ARREST TOTALS

Los Angeles

26

Santa Ana

11

Oxnard

10

Riverside

9

Santa Maria

9

Ontario

8

Long Beach

8

Panorama City

6

Van Nuys

5

Moreno Valley

4

Camarillo

4

Corona

4

North Hollywood

4

La Puente

4

Garden Grove

4

Pomona

3

Cathedral City

3

Pacoima

3

Anaheim

3

Santa Paula

3

Perris

3

San Pedro

3

Duarte

2

Sylmar

2

El Monte

2

Hesperia

2

Barstow

2

Indio

2

Glendale

2

Huntington Park

2

Fontana

2

Lynwood

1

Southgate

1

Cudahy

1

Huntington Beach

1

Compton

1

Baldwin Park

1

Fullerton

1

Westminster

1

Orange

1

Lake Forest

1

Hemet

1

E. Los Angeles

1

Arleta

1

Santa Clarita

1

Culver City

1

Rosemead

1

Carson

1

Inglewood

1

Colton

1

Sun City

1

El Segundo

1

Norco

1

Lucerne Valley

1

San Bernardino

1

Hawthorne

1

Victorville

1

Azusa

1

West Covina

1

Pasadena

1

Pico Rivera

1

Reseda

1

Santa Barbara

1

San Fernando

1

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 169 of those arrested had prior criminal convictions. They said a convicted rapist and a previously deported cocaine trafficker are among the undocumented individuals arrested.

Below is a breakdown of criminal convictions involved those arrested provided by ICE:

CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS

Drug Offenses

43

Robbery

2

Domestic Violence

27

Obstructing Justice

2

DUI

30

Property Damage

1

Sex Crimes

15

Larceny

1

Battery

12

Escape

1

Weapons Violations

7

Manslaughter

1

Assault

6

Prostitution

1

Burglary

5

Trespassing

1

Fraud

3

Incest

1

Vehicle Theft

2

Receipt of Stolen Property

1

Arson

2

Illegal Re-entry; Illegal Entry

3

Cruelty to a Child

2

 

 

 

Since Donald Trump's Executive Orders regarding immigration enforcement priorities, ICE has arrested more than 41,000 individuals nationwide. 

KCOY 12 reporter Melissa Newman will have a full report tonight at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. so be sure to check back after the newscasts for additional content and information.

Watch video of ICE's latest immigration enforcement operations below.


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