10-state operation nets 370 with criminal histories Nearly three dozen men were from Chicago area August 27, 2010|By Alejandra Cancino, Tribune Reporter Nearly three dozen Chicago-area men were among 370 immigrants arrested throughout the Midwest this week for a wide variety of offenses, federal customs enforcement officials announced Friday. The arrests took place during a three-day operation in 10 states as the latest in a series of "Cross Check" operations aimed at locating and deporting immigrants who violated laws. The Obama administration is on pace to remove 400,000 immigrants by the end of September. The arrests come amid heavy criticism from groups seeking even tougher enforcement. "We are committed to strong border and immigration enforcement and the facts speak for themselves," said John Morton, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director. Morton said more than 56 percent of those arrested this week had prior convictions for serious or violent crimes, such as armed robbery, drug trafficking and child abuse. Others had been convicted of lesser crimes, such as driving under the influence or failing to appear in front of an immigration judge. "We will not tolerate those that come here unlawfully and take to a life of crime — a life of crime in our communities, in our cities, in our homes," Morton said. The immigrants — 339 men and 31 women — were from 56 countries, including Mexico, Canada and Ukraine. Some were legal residents whose criminal convictions made them deportable. Others were in the country illegally. Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said the Obama administration is focusing on arresting and deporting dangerous felons, which he argues is a good shift from deporting immigrant workers who are not dangerous. "What 87 percent of people in the Chicago area believe is that we need an immigration reform that allows immigrant workers who are not criminals to become legal and that way we can stop destroying families," said Hoyt, citing a statistic from a recent Tribune/WGN poll on immigration issues. The arrests took place in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. They were carried out with the help of various federal agencies and local law enforcement. Federal officials arrest nearly three dozen Chicago-area immigrants - Chicago Tribune ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's just too bad that Cook County and the City of Chicago bowed to the pressure of LA RAZA, the master race, and created "sanctuary laws" to put roadblocks in front of the very people fighting to keep our country free of the evil that sneaks across the Mexican border everyday.