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Crackdown Nets 40 Illegal Immigrants

Posted April 6, 2007 8:03 p.m. EDT

— Forty illegal immigrants with criminal records have been arrested in a two-day operation by federal and local authorities.

In Operation Cross Check, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Raleigh Fugitive Operations Team worked with area law enforcement agencies to identify and locate the most serious criminals who are in the country illegally.

"Operation Cross Check is a powerful tool aiding ICE’s interior enforcement strategy," said Felicia Skinner, acting field office director for ICE’s Office of Detention and Removal overseeing North Carolina. "By working with local law enforcement agencies, we can locate, arrest and deport criminal aliens who might otherwise pose a threat to our communities."

Some of those arrested had previously been convicted of offenses like armed robbery, statutory rape, sexual battery and assault with a deadly weapon, authorities said.

Those arrested with outstanding orders of removal will be immediately deported, while others will remain in ICE custody awaiting the outcome of their case, authorities said.