ICE Arrests 200 Illegal Immigrants in Georgia and Carolinas
February 14, 2017
(WABE) - Atlanta-area immigration attorneys and advocates say federal immigration officials have recently increased the number of immigration arrests. Sarah Owings, chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Georgia Alabama Chapter, said arrests occurred along Buford Highway Thursday and Friday.
She said arrests have been reported in other parts of the state as well, including Savannah and Cordele.
“It’s really all over the state,” Owings said. “It’s amazing how quickly it’s happening."Bryan Cox, a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), did not confirm any specific operations but said operations are routine.
“Every day, as part of routine targeted enforcement operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fugitive Operations teams arrest criminal aliens and other individuals who are in violation of our nation’s immigration laws," Cox said in a statement.
"ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. ICE does not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately," he said.
Brookhaven Police confirmed ICE arrests have occurred recently.
"Over the last week or so, there have been enforcement activities from Immigration and Customs enforcement in and around our city," said Brookhaven Police Major Brandon Gurley. He said the department was not asked by ICE to assist with any of the operations, which he said sometimes happens with certain "high-risk" operations.
Cox said about 200 people were arrested this week across Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, adding that the number of arrests were roughly split between the states. He said most of the 200 people were convicted criminals.