US: Feds Nab 80 Criminal Aliens During Southern Dragnet – OpEd


During a three-state dragnet in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, federal law enforcement officers arrested 80 convicted criminal aliens on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to a Law Enforcement Examiner source in Washington, D.C.

As a result of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Operation Cross Check, the 80 illegal aliens -some of whom were gang members — had prior criminal convictions, and a large number of the criminal aliens taken into custody had prior convictions for serious or violent offenses including aggravated assault, sex crimes with minors, family violence, sexual battery of a minor, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of weapons used in the commission of crimes.

“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said Felicia Skinner, Field Office Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations in Atlanta.

“When we focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens we get an immediate payback in our communities. Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ICE officers — along with our state and local law enforcement partners — there are 80 fewer criminal aliens in our neighborhoods in Georgia and the Carolinas,” she said.

Of those arrested, 20 were immigration fugitives, 14 re-entered the United States after a previous deportation — which is a felony — and 46 were fugitive criminals. The arrested aliens came from Mexico, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. ERO arrested 33 in Georgia, 32 in North Carolina, and 15 in South Carolina.

All 80 were arrested administratively for being in violation of immigration law, and all are being held in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings or removal from the United States, according to a federal law enforcement official.

This enforcement action was spearheaded by ICE’s National Criminal Alien Program, which is responsible for locating, arresting and removing at-large and fugitive criminal aliens.

Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for, and he's a columnist for In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB ( Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

One thought on “US: Feds Nab 80 Criminal Aliens During Southern Dragnet – OpEd

  • May 16, 2012 at 3:52 am

    One thing for sure is that history repeats itself in the uS due to the non recognition of what is above everyone’s heads. The Sun establishes what was once known as the universal procedure of protocol or what was the foundation for any reliable jurisprudence even thousands of years ago derived from the subjection thereof mentioned even in the 1st section of the 14th amendment to the uS Constitution.
    In the 50’s under Eisenhower’s guidance,things were recognized differently, giving recognition using the laws of nature or physics. Law enforcement officials in Tennessee near Oak Ridge or even people like Einstein who once said,”Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction,” employed the Sun in governing what surrounded them even when politicians in Washington did not.
    Simplicity has always won against complexity that returns the same eventual results.
    The uS is in a more dire situation than what money can remedy…it is surrounded by people with eyes that see the same way that Einstein did…even with all the distractions that the uS can muster with an election.
    History dictates how the religious will be judged…and that includes every step men have taken to provide a wholesome place for their women and children to be reared…and how they treated all their neighbors.
    There are not as many people as some would wish that would ever vote in any election today for a Democrats or a Republican…or approve the type law enforcement we can find in every community in the uS today.
    You would think that overall…things will eventually get better, but no…things are going to get worse like the sun is going to get brighter this summer…or in it’s degree absence and changed angle get colder…and continue to get worse.
    Everyone have a safe enjoyable day.


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