Tuesday Nov 18 2008
Gang sweep, immigration enforcement yield arrests
By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein The Press-Tribune
More than two dozen people were arrested last week on immigration violations in a Roseville neighborhood, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed. The arrests last Wednesday, primarily in the Fifth Street area, came as part of a joint operation with the Roseville Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit, officials said. “We were assisting the Roseville Police Department Crime Suppression Unit and in the process of that enforcement action ICE took in 26 individuals on immigration violations,” ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said. The individuals, all from Mexico, were taken into ICE custody, she said, and were being processed for removal. Capt. Stan Lumsden, a police spokesman, said the department routinely performs sweeps in areas where gangs have a strong presence, targeting houses known to have gang affiliations. In such cases, ICE agents may be brought in to check on residents’ immigration status. The purpose of last week’s sweep was to contact residents on probation to check for violations of their terms. “It’s an ongoing effort to keep the gang situation under control,” he said.