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ICE Arrests 26 Convicted Sexual Predators in 2-Day L.A. Operation

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During a two-day enforcement operation that took place between December 18 and December 20, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) says agents arrested violent criminals who were not only convicted, but were also illegally living in the United States.

Agents arrested 26 individuals, including a 19-year-old El Salvadoran national who was convicted of a forced oral sexual felony of a minor and battery by restraint. Another criminal is a 40-year-old Mexican citizen convicted of felony lewd acts with a child and continuous sexual abuse. Another is a 35-year-old Guatemalan citizen convicted of felony child molestation in an inhabited dwelling; and the list goes on and on.

ERO Los Angeles FOD Thomas Giles said, “Removing these individuals and the threats they represent from our communities is our mission, and we will continue to safely and effectively enforce the immigration laws of our nation.”

ICE ERO agents have been removing dangerous criminals wanted in their home countries after they’ve fled to the U.S. to avoid going to prison. They’ve also been arresting MS-13 gang members on El Salvador’s Top 100 list, a Brazilian military officer involved in a 2015 massacre, and those with criminal convictions for certain felonies or other crimes. These include “murder for hire, manslaughter, sex crimes against children, assault with a firearm, battery, domestic violence, drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.”

Officials are combating the illegal immigration crisis as another caravan of migrants are heading to the southern border; reports suggest there are anywhere from 8,000 to 15,000 in the group.

The Center Square reports that in a September 2021 memo, Mayorkas instructed ICE agents that illegal entry is no longer a crime in itself or a deportable offense, even though federal law specifically states that it is. His policy states: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen therefore should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them. We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted way. Justice and our country’s well-being require it.”

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Report: Denver area migrants cost $340 million to shelter, educate

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A report by the free-market Common Sense Institute found the more than 42,000 migrants who have arrived in Denver over the last year and a half have cost the region as much as $340 million. The city of Denver, local school districts, and the region’s health-care system have spent between $216 million and $340 million combined to shelter, feed, clothe, and educate the migrants, and to provide them with emergency medical care.

National Review explains the report builds off a previous report from March that conservatively found that the migrants had cost the region at least $170 million. “Costs are never localized,” said DJ Summers, the institute’s research director. “They expand outward.”

Democratic leaders are being blamed for their welcoming posture toward immigrants generally, and their sanctuary-city policies, which curtail law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration agents. Since late December 2022, at least 42,269 migrants — or “newcomers” as Denver leaders call them — have arrived in the city, adds National Review.

The Common Sense Institute report found that the migrant crisis has also hit local emergency rooms hard with extensive expenses. Since December 2022, migrants have made more than 16,000 visits to metro emergency departments. At an estimated cost of about $3,000 per visit, that has resulted in nearly $48 million in uncompensated care.

Summers said those costs are “stressing existing health care organizations,” but they also indirectly hit residents in their pocketbooks through increased insurance prices.

Metro school districts have endured the biggest financial hit — estimated between $98 million and $222 million — according to the Common Sense Institute report. The large range in costs is due to the difficulties researchers had identifying exactly how many new foreign students are tied to the migrant crisis.

The researchers found that since December 2022, 15,725 foreign students have enrolled in local schools. Of those, 6,929 have come from the five countries most closely identified with the migrant crisis — Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

On average, it costs a little over $14,000 to educate a student for a year in a Denver-area public school, but Summers said migrant students likely cost more.

“They have transportation needs that are different, they have acculturation needs that are going to be different, language assistance needs that are going to be different,” he said. “Many of them might need to get up to speed in curriculum. They might need outside tutoring.”

Earlier this year, Colorado lawmakers approved $24 million in state funding to help school districts statewide plug budget holes related to the migrant students.

Summers said the updated Common Sense Institute tally is likely still missing some costs related to the ongoing migrant crisis.

“There are definitely additional costs. We just don’t have a great way to measure them just yet,” he said, noting legal fees, crime, and unreported business and nonprofit expenses.

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