U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 27 foreign nationals in Grand Rapids this week during a four-day operation.
25 men and two women were arrested, and they were nationals from five countries: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Of those arrested, 21 had prior criminal convictions including a 31-year-old man from Mexico who had been convicted for assault and battery, domestic violence and indecent exposure and a 23-year-old man who has been convicted for assault on a police or probation officer and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
Five of the arrestees could face federal prosecution for entering the country after being deported. Those who are not facing criminal convictions will be processed for deportation.
The ICE operation targeted immigrants who were convicted criminals and individuals who violated immigration laws.
This is following another recent arrest by ICE in the West Michigan area. On Nov. 8, 18 people were arrested by ICE in Coopersville.
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