PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Immigration officers have been busy over the past couple weeks in the Philadelphia area, arresting more than a dozen people who were in the city illegally, many with criminal convictions.
Several picked up by ICE are no strangers to the system, including a Mexican national ordered removed four previous times — twice for illegal entry, once for resisting arrest and for disorderly conduct.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Body Of Missing 26-Year-Old Casey Johnston Recovered, Believed To Have Been Killed In Crash, Authorities Say
“We also had a case of one person from El Salvador who was convicted of two counts of indecent assault where the victim was 15 years old,” says Tom Decker with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia. “That person was, because of that conviction, a registered sex offender — but they were a legal permanent resident. Based on that conviction, they lost residency, and they had a final order of removal.”READ MORE: Man Cleaning Gun, Shoots And Kills 22-Year-Old Girlfriend In Bustleton, Philadelphia Police Say
Decker says the 17 people arrested here now are slated to be booted out of the country.MORE NEWS: Colts' Carson Wentz Choosing Rest, Rehab For Foot Injury, Remains Out Indefinitely
“We’re committed to focusing smart, effective immigration enforcement,” he says, “making the city safe, and removing threats from the street.”