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ICE Removes 175 Criminal and Non-Criminal Aliens from 5-State Area During November
From: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)      Filed 11/9/06  GCN

OAKDALE, La.-- Earlier this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention and removal officers deported 175 illegal aliens to their respective countries of origin. 

All of those deported were detained in ICE facilities in a five-state area that included Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Among the deported was Raymond Priscus Issonda, age 28, a citizen of Tanzania, who was an aggravated felon.  Issondai was convicted of domestic assault.  He was removed to his native country of Tanzania.

Also deported was Alberto Pena-Escobedo, age 26, a citizen of Mexico who had previously been removed. He was an aggravated felon with convictions including a sex offense against a child and vehicle theft. He was removed to his native country of Mexico.

The offenses of the criminal aliens removed included:  fraud, burglary, re-entry, entry without inspection, robbery, drugs, forgery, DUI, sex offense against a child, alien smuggling, mail fraud, aggravated assault, domestic assault, looting, extortion, theft, aggravated assault with a weapon, extortion, racketeering, larceny, burglary, DWI, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and public intoxication.

Those deported represent the following countries:  Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba, Uganda, Dominica, India, Tanzania, Venezuela, Ukraine, Trinidad, Brazil, Ukraine, Canada, and Saudi Arabia

“We will continue to fulfill our congressional mandate by deporting those ordered removed from our country, especially those who have committed egregious offenses against our citizens,” said Acting Field Office Director Steve Boll, who leads ICE’s detention and removal efforts in New Orleans.   “Every deportation helps to restore integrity to our nation’s immigration system.”

Criminal aliens are non-citizens who have committed felonies or other crimes that make them ineligible to remain in the United States in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  


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