DENVER (AP) – Immigration officials say 102 people have been arrested for deportation in Colorado and Wyoming as part of a nationwide roundup.
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the arrest of about 2,900 immigrants across the country. The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said each had at least one criminal conviction.
Agents working for ICE’s Denver region arrested 96 people in 25 cities in Colorado as well as six people in Wyoming.
Most of the arrests were along Colorado’s Front Range and included people convicted of sexually exploiting children, theft and drug possession.
The weeklong roundup came just a month after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that immigration officials would focus enforcement efforts on serious criminals and delay deportation cases for most non-criminal immigrants who don’t pose a threat.
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