BALTIMORE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 48 criminal aliens and immigration law violators in Maryland and eight in Baltimore as part of a six-day national operation dubbed "Cross Check" that netted more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators.
"Individuals like these are a menace to society," said Calvin McCormick, field office director for ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations in Baltimore. McCormick oversees ERO throughout Maryland. "They often prey upon innocent people in our communities. We intend to send them a message, 'You are not welcome anymore.'"
Of the 48 arrests, 43 people had prior criminal convictions including 20 who had multiple convictions. Two of the 48 are sex offenders.
Silver Spring had the most arrests with eight people brought in. Baltimore followed a close second with seven arrests. According to a release, on March 29 a 47-year old man from the Ivory Coast was arrested in Baltimore. He was previously convicted of degree assault an sentenced to 10 years in prison. Earlier that week, in Oxon Hill a 51-year-old El Salvadoran man was arrested. He had previous a previous abduction, drug, and assault convictions.
This six-day operation, the largest of its kind, involved the collaboration of more than 1,900 ICE officers and agents from all of ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations' (ERO) 24 field offices, assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations as well as coordination with federal, state and local law enforcement partners throughout the United States. Arrests occurred in all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.