BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 22 people suspected of living in the United States illegally during a roundup in Northern Kentucky this week.
The two-day operation wrapped up Thursday, confirmed a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security.
Nine people were arrested in Covington, one in Erlanger, six in Florence, four in Newport and two in Walton.
16 of the arrested individuals are from Guatemala, five from Mexico and one from Zimbabwe, officials said.
The 22 suspects were not named. ICE provided the following summaries of the "three worst offenders."
- A 35-year-old Mexican man was arrested Dec. 7 in Florence. He was previously convicted of two felonies, one for assaulting a police officer, and the other for fleeing and evading police. Since he has been previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States, he faces prosecution for re-entering the U.S. after deportation.
- A 35-year-old Guatemalan man was arrested Dec. 6 in Covington. He has multiple DUI convictions and was previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States. On Sept. 2, 2017, four hours after being arrested, Campbell County (Kentucky) Detention Center failed to honor an ICE detainer and released him back into the community. He faces prosecution for re-entering the U.S. after deportation.
- A 39-year-old Guatemalan man was arrested Dec. 6 in Covington. He was previously convicted in Florida for felony fraud-impersonation. He also has numerous DUI convictions along with two other misdemeanor convictions.
- Also on Dec. 6, a 25-year-old Mexican man was arrested in Florence. He was previously convicted of felony possession of forged documents. He had been issued an administrative deportation order and remains in ICE custody pending his removal from the United States.
"This operation focused on targeting immigration fugitives and criminal aliens in three Kentucky counties, but we routinely conduct operations daily," said Ricardo Wong, field office director of ERO Chicago.
The individuals were booked into the Boone County Jail, a spokesperson said.
After taking office, President Donald Trump pledged to take on immigration across the country.
Arrests by have spiked this year compared to 2016, according to federal data released on Tuesday.