Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has arrested 24 people in Illinois and Missouri for what officials call "egregious" immigration violations, including repeat immigration offenders and those who have committed crimes in the United States.
The arrests were made over a five-day period last week and announced Tuesday. They occurred in St. Charles and New Madrid counties in Missouri and in Champaign, McLean, Effingham, and Jackson counties in Illinois.
ICE reports 15 of the arrests were criminals with convictions ranging from sexual misconduct, felonious restraint, and other charges. Other arrests were of fugitives with outstanding deportation orders.
Fourteen of the suspects are from Mexico, nine are from Guatemala, and one is from India.
An immigration judge will decide whether each suspect should be deported.
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