SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Dozens of illegal immigrants recently released from jail in Santa Clara County have been re-arrested by federal immigration officials.

As part of a four-day enforcement operation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 63 people, including 55 convicted criminal aliens, in San Jose last week. The operation was carried out by agents from the agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, or ERO, field offices.

Timothy Aitken, director of the San Francisco ERO field office, said that the operation “underscores ICE’s ongoing commitment to focus on the arrest and removal of criminal aliens and others who pose a potential danger to the community.”

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Of those arrested, 55 had prior convictions for offenses including selling heroin and amphetamines, child molestation, and spousal abuse, according to ICE. Eight of those arrested during the operation face possible prosecution by the U.S. Attorney. The largest number of convictions — 18 — involve driving under the influence, according to ICE.

However, immigration activists said that the raids are tearing families apart.

”Immigrants totally add to our community and they should not be targeted,” said resident Donna Walick to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. “There are no statistics that say that immigrants commit more crime than non-immigrants.”

A 29-year-old Mexican national with prior convictions for kidnapping and cocaine possession and a 49-year-old Mexican national convicted this year of child molestation are among those arrested.

The suspects are being processed for removal from the country, ICE said. Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally are facing immediate deportation and the rest will be scheduled for a hearing before an immigration judge, according to ICE.

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Comments (12)
  1. andy says:

    ”Immigrants totally add to our community and they should not be targeted,” said resident Donna Walick to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. “There are no statistics that say that immigrants commit more crime than non-immigrants.”

    SERIOUSLY LADY? 55 of the 63 had prior convictions such as, child molestation, spousal abuse, and heroin dealing…

    I think we the people should allow DONNA WALICK to house a couple of those child molestors and spousal abuse individuals in her home…tell the 29 y/o and 49 y/o that Donna has some spare rooms in her home that are available to them…so they can enrich her family and community…

    1. Dale Norbeck says:

      you got that right Andy.. Donna, you are an Idiot

    2. unknown says:

      They are paracites and must go as far as tearing family apart shut-up when I was young where mom and dad moved so did I even to other states

  2. PLW says:

    They are just returning the TRASH to the country of its origin….. Keep up the good work!

  3. Citizen says:

    Let’s get ’em out of here. DEPORT THEM so they can thieve and hurt their own people.

  4. Bogusbob says:

    Get themout of our country, and keep on doing it. Hold up all fud. funds for any city that offers sanctuary to illigal aliens. The local politicians are just trying to build up their voter base. Don’t forget ACORN.

  5. Jimmie Brooks says:

    Donna Wallick is an idiot.
    All illigals should be shipped out in a leaky boat.

  6. dooky says:

    Maybe Donna Wallick will open her home to these aliens.



    She just prefers these aliens commit crimes on YOU, and she will make more excuses on their behalf to your beneficiaries.

    F CaliFukya

  7. jack says:

    You wanted diversity, you got it. Now push one for English.

  8. Vincent Chew says:

    She is not the person I want represnting me. Wallick is lost in her own fantasy and preaches something awful. If you truly believe that drug dealers and rapist contribute to the community you are crazy. I for one woud encourage you to immigrate to Mexico, or even Canada if you think the grass is greener there. Time for people like you to leave. Apparently this nation is not for you because we want to make our community safer by deporting illegal alains commiting crimes in the U.S..

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