ICE Arrests 110 in Week-Long Sting in Utah

During the last week of February, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) arrested 110 illegal aliens residing in Utah, including some violent felons.

The most high-profile criminal whom ICE arrested was a Laotian man wanted after he was convicted of attempted homicide in the United States.

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“Jason Somchanmavong, 31, an aggravated felon, is now in ICE custody waiting removal to his home country,” said an ICE press release. “He was convicted of attempted homicide and discharging a firearm from a vehicle Feb. 13, 2006.”

It is unclear whether Somchanmavong had illegally re-entered the United States, or was never deported after serving his prison sentence, but ICE said that some of the arrestees “will face federal criminal prosecutions for illegal entry and illegal re-entry after removal.”

Four previously-convicted Mexican nationals were arrested in the latest ICE sweep. All four committed different crimes. Those crimes were larceny, prostitution, domestic abuse, and cruelty toward a child, respectively.

One Salvadoran national with a prior conviction for DUI was also arrested.

“Depending on the alien’s criminal history, an alien who illegally reenters the United States, has committed a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison,” he press release said. “The arrestees who are not being federally prosecuted, are detained in ICE custody, and will be processed administratively for removal from the United States.”

ICE also said that it focuses its resources on “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” but does not exempt non-violent criminal illegal aliens from arrest.

According to the federal law enforcement agency, anyone who is in violation of the United States’ immigration laws is subject to arrest and removal.


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