Six more illegals detained by ICE in second Jackson operation this year

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers made another trip to Jackson last week to pick up six detainees. Sheriff Jim Whalen said the second “sting” in Teton County so far in 2017 is nothing out of the ordinary, but records show ICE has been far more aggressive in rounding up illegal immigrants under the Trump administration.

Josue Garcia-Cervantes was part of the latest in a series of arrestees held for ICE by Teton County Sheriff’s Office. (TCSO)

Four people in Jackson were detained by ICE officers on June 20. They were joined by two additional detainees arrested in Cody and all six men were sent to a detention center. Four ICE detentions were also carried out in April.

In the 100 days since President Trump signed Executive Orders regarding immigration enforcement priorities, ICE has arrested more than 41,000 individuals who are either known or suspected of being in the country illegally. This reflects an increase of 37.6 percent over the same period in 2016.

“These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board,” said ICE acting director Thomas Homan. “ICE agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens. However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law.”

ICE operations have picked up throughout Wyoming since Trump took office.

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