Over the last 5 days, immigration officials conducted sweeps in Reno and Las Vegas, detaining 87 immigrants identified as threats to public safety. Most of the immigrants, who come from at least 9 different countries, have been charged with several criminal offenses, while those with outstanding deportation orders or have a history of illegal entry are reportedly to be removed immediately.
For those not facing criminal charges, they are set to appear in an immigration court and process for administrative removal.
The mass arrests come in the wake of widespread deportation raids that commenced during the start of the year. Naturally, these sweeps didn’t sit well with immigration activists, who have criticized the Obama administration for unfairly targeting undocumented immigrants.