Sweep nets 45 arrests of aliens, illegal immigrants convicted of crimes in D.C. and Virginia

According to a report from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), authorities recently wrapped up a five-day operation that resulted in the arrest of 45 people that were either criminal aliens or illegal immigrants convicted of crimes.

The arrests were made in D.C. and across Virginia.

Between Feb. 23 and 27, the Criminal Alien Program performed a sweep, identifying previously convicted aliens or illegal immigrants that had escaped their notice in local jails, for removal from the U.S.

According to a statement from ICE, those arrested had prior convictions for crimes such as larceny, possession of stolen property, driving under the influence of alcohol, burglary and theft.

"The United States welcomes law abiding immigrants, but foreign nationals who violate our laws and who commit crimes against those in our communities will not be allowed to stay," said M. Yvonne Evans, field office director for ICE's Enforcement and Removals Operation in Washington.

ICE's statement included details on a few of the arrested individuals, such as a Mexican national living in Falls Church with prior convictions for assault and larceny, who has been removed from the U.S. more than once, most recently in 2003.

Other examples included a Jamaican national in Virginia Beach who had been convicted by a circuit court judge for distributing marijuana and illegally carrying a concealed weapon, and a Mexican national in Roanoke who had been convicted of his third DUI offense.