ICE Crackdown: How Many Illegal Immigrants Have a Record?


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers detained more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants in a spike in arrests between July and August, about 85 percent of whom had felony convictions and other pending charges.

80% of illegals arrested in crackdown had criminal records

ICE announced in a Tuesday press release that 1089 illegal immigrants with previous felony convictions were arrested between July 13 and Aug. 20, and 863 more were arrested with pending criminal charges.

Tony H. Pham, the acting director for ICE, said, “The aliens targeted during this operation preyed on men, women, and children in our communities, committing serious crimes and, at times, repeatedly hurting their victims.”

“By focusing our efforts on perpetrators of crimes against people, we’re able to remove these threats from our communities and prevent future victimization from occurring,” Pham added. “Through our targeted enforcement efforts, we are eliminating the threat posed by these criminals, many of whom are repeat offenders.”

Most illegal immigrants had multiple charges or convictions

ICE presented graphs showing the number of convictions for those arrested. ICE also produced a list of the number of criminal charges still pending for those arrested. ICE acknowledged that many of those arrested had several convictions or charges, and presented a list of them:

  • 388 convictions and 386 charges pending for assault – including simple assault, battery of family and non-family members and assault on law enforcement;
  • 291 convictions, and 216 pending domestic violence charges;
  • 83 convictions and 64 cases pending for sexual offenses – including rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure and non-registration as a sex offender;
  • 136 convictions and 63 remaining family-related charges – including abuse and violence against a spouse or child;
  • 71 convictions and 40 cases pending for sexual offenses involving a minor;
  • 14 convictions and 12 cases pending for manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, and murder;
  • 23 convictions and 44 cases pending for harassment,  including extortion, intimidation, and harassment;
  • 29 convictions, and 7 cases pending for hit-and-runs;
  • 20 convictions and 10 robbery charges pending;
  • 12 convictions and 2 charges pending for contributing to juvenile delinquency;
  • 9 convictions and 15 kidnapping charges pending;
  • 11 convictions and 3 pending charges for identity fraud;
  • 1 conviction and 1 arson charge pending,
  • 1 conviction for rioting,

In the press release, ICE stated it “does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All those in violation of immigration law may be subject to arrest, detention, and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”

ICE arrested people with more than 1,900 convictions or charges for murder in the 2019 fiscal year, 1,800 for kidnapping, 12,000 for sexual offenses, 5,000 for sexual assault, 45,000 for assaults, 67,000 for drug violations, 10,000 for firearms offenses, and 74,000 for DUIs.

In 2019 ICE deported some 267,258 illegal immigrants and 256,085 in the previous year.