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40 People Arrested In Wisconsin As Part Of Federal Crackdown On Illegal Immigrants

Suspects Are Being Held In Custody Before Deportment Hearings

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A nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants with criminal records earlier this month resulted in dozens of arrests in Wisconsin, according to federal officials.

The raids targeted immigrants who have felony convictions. Forty people were arrested throughout the state — with about 22 suspects caught in northeastern Wisconsin.

Gail Montenegro, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which encompasses Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, said Wisconsin was part of a multi-state operation that yielded 2,059 arrests.

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“It actually has a pretty high number with 40 arrests, and we did have a significant amount of assistance from our local law enforcement partners such as the Green Bay Police Department, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation,” she said.

Montenegro said those who were caught are in custody before deportment hearings.