As most are likely aware, immigration is a hot issue for many in the Miami area as well as throughout the United States. Accordingly, the current administration has implemented a program designed to target criminal aliens rather than aliens who are following the laws of the land. Known as Operation Cross Check, to date, since December 2009, there have been three national and seven regional operations. More than 7,400 convicted criminal aliens have been arrested to then face deportation.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently conducted another operation designed to detain convicted criminal aliens. The 6-day sweep resulted in 3,100 arrests in states across the nation, including Florida. According to ICE agents, the individuals who were arrested in this operation were people in violation of immigration laws, immigration fugitives and those with criminal convictions.
We previously wrote about Operation Cross Check after an operation which took place last fall. That national sweep netted 2,901 foreign nationals who fell into the three categories that were being targeted. In that operation, 122 arrests were made in Florida.
A total of 270 individuals were arrested in Florida in the course of the third nationwide operation. That number is more than twice the number of arrests made in Florida last fall, during the last sweep. Of those arrested in the most recent operation in Florida, 139 were found in South Florida, some likely in the Miami area.
Individuals arrested in the most recent operation will likely be deported to their home countries. Should they re-enter the U.S. it is possible that they could again be deported in another operation.
Source: CBSMiami, "Operation 'Cross Check' Nets 139 S. Fla. Arrests, 3,100 Nationwide," April 2, 2012