123 Fugitives Arrested in Monthlong ICE Operation in New Orleans
In a recent monthlong enforcement operation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in New Orleans apprehended 123 fugitives. These targeted operations took place between January 1 and January 31, with the assistance of law enforcement partners in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana. The objective was to arrest noncitizens who were deemed threats to public safety or border security.
The primary focus of this enforcement operation was on fugitive noncitizens who were eligible for removal, as well as noncitizens who posed a danger to citizens, immigrants, and visitors in various communities across the nation. The individuals arrested had been convicted of serious crimes, including rape, statutory rape, molestation of a minor, illegal possession of a firearm, discharge of a firearm, drug trafficking, money laundering, aggravated assault, and burglary. All those arrested will be held in ICE custody until their removal.
ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations teams, known as Fugitive Operations Teams, are responsible for carrying out targeted enforcement actions on a daily basis throughout the United States. These teams specifically focus on apprehending at-large criminals within the country.
It’s important to note that ICE prioritizes the arrest of noncitizens who have committed crimes and individuals who have violated immigration laws. Their efforts are directed towards those who pose a threat to national security, public safety, or border security. This includes noncitizens with final removal orders. In certain cases, where appropriate, charges may be presented to the U.S. attorney’s office for federal criminal prosecution.
In the fiscal year 2023, ERO arrested a total of 73,822 noncitizens with criminal histories. These individuals were associated with 290,178 charges and convictions, averaging four per person. The charges included 33,209 assaults, 4,390 sex and sexual assaults, 7,520 weapons offenses, 1,713 charges or convictions for homicide, and 1,655 kidnapping offenses.
If you have any information regarding crimes or suspicious activity, you can report it by calling 866-347-2423 or by completing the online tip form on ICE’s official website. For more updates and information on ICE’s mission to increase public safety in your community, you can follow them on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @ERONewOrleans.