Federal immigration authorities have rounded up dozens of known or suspected human rights abusers and war criminals to be sent back to their home countries.
According to a DHS press release from earlier this week, the 39 arrests took place across the country at the end of August and were part of “Operation No Safe Haven V.” 30 of those arrested were men, nine women.
According to ICE, 14 of those apprehended were “implicated in numerous human rights violations against civilians, to include the capture, arrest and/or transport of civilians who were subsequently mistreated, and in some cases, beaten, electrocuted, and killed,” and four fugitives from China “complicit in collaborating with the government to assist in forced abortions and sterilizations against victims.”
Authorities also say they’ve captured four West Africans “connected to a range of atrocities, including civilian massacres, mutilations, recruitment of child soldiers, extrajudicial killings, and other human rights violations.”
16 of those arrested were also criminal aliens “with convictions for crimes including, but not limited to, domestic violence, driving under the influence of liquor, drug distribution, firearm possession, grand theft, reckless endangerment, robbery, fraud and theft,” the release added.
All of those arrested have outstanding removal orders and are subject to deportation.
“ICE will not allow war criminals and human rights abusers to use the U.S. as a safe haven,” said acting ICE director Matthew Albence in a statement. “We will never stop looking for them and we will never cease seeking justice for the victims of their crimes.”
.@icegov footage from "Operation No Safe Haven V," an enforcement action which took place across the U.S. at the end of August and rounded up 39 deportable, known or suspected human rights violators from around the world.
This arrest took place in Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/OmGZSiqf5X
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) September 6, 2019
ICE’s website explains that the first “Operation No Safe Haven” took place in 2014 with the goal of tracking down and catching accused human rights violators and war criminal from other countries hiding out in the United States. The initial nationwide enforcement operation swept up 19 fugitives across several U.S. cities.