Dozens of people who were in the country illegally were arrested in the Midwest last week.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 86 people, including 26 in Minnesota, as part of a three-day "targeted enforcement operation," a news release says. The others were arrested in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.
ICE says the operation was not a sweep or checkpoint, and it was aimed at finding immigration fugitives, those who came back into the country after being deported, and at-large criminal aliens.
Of the 86 people arrested, 52 had criminal convictions, including a 35-year-old Nigerian national who was arrested in Eden Prairie – the suspect was convicted for terroristic threats that stemmed from a sexual assault.
The others included 10 people who were lawful permanent residents who had criminal convictions and 23 who had been previously removed from the U.S. but then came back illegally, the release says.
Cases involving four of these people were presented to the U.S. Attorney's Office and will be prosecuted, the release says. The others will be processed administratively for removal from the U.S., according to the release.
The Star Tribune reports last week's enforcement operation was the largest in the Midwest since President Donald Trump was elected, but the Midwest operation made no where near as many arrests as other operations elsewhere in the country have recently.
According to a news release from Tuesday, 248 people were arrested in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware during a two-week ICE operation in those states.