Nearly 50 people have been arrested in Kentucky, as part of an operation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency across six states.
Sixteen of the arrests were in Louisville and 12 in Lexington. There were arrests in 12 other cities, including Bowling Green, Covington and Versailles.
A total of at least 331 arrests in several states resulted from the monthlong operation targeting criminals and other immigration violators, according to a news release from the immigration agency. The aim is to deport those arrested.
Of the 49 people arrested in Kentucky, 33 have been convicted of crimes in the United States.
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In Lexington, a 30-year-old Mexican national with convictions for DUI, shoplifting, fourth-degree sexual assault, battery, and domestic violence was arrested May 11. He remains in custody.
That same day, a 43-year-old Mexican national with convictions for domestic violence, assault, aggravated assault and terroristic threatening was arrested. He was deported Monday.
The federal agency has targeted people who are priorities as outlined in a Department of Homeland Security memorandum, according to a news release.
“By focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders, we ensure the very best use of our resources while immediately improving public safety,” said Ricardo Wong, an Enforcement and Removal Operation official in Chicago.