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Indians among 750 held by US immigration officials
Sridhar Krishnaswami

Washington, January 24
US immigration officials have arrested more than 750 foreign nationals, including Indians, in one of the largest such enforcement actions carried out so far in the country.

Most of the arrested during the week-long raids in five southland counties of the Los Angeles area were Mexican nationals, but the list of those picked up were from 14 nations, including India. The group comprised two murder suspects and more than 150 immigration fugitives.

As a part of the operations, the Office of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers also looked for criminal aliens incarcerated in local jails and took custody of some 423 previously unidentified deportable foreign nationals who were scheduled for release from jails in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

Officials said the seven-day effort was the largest single enforcement action carried out nationwide so far under Operation Return to Sender, an ongoing ICE initiative targeting criminal aliens, foreign nationals with final orders of deportation, and other immigration violators. PTI

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