LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two-hundred and eighty convicted criminal aliens were arrested in six Midwestern states during a month-long initiative that ended Saturday, according to a news release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) -- and 25 of them were arrested in Kentucky.


The majority of arrests (16) were made in Louisville, with additional arrests in Bowling Green (1), Eminence (1), Georgetown (1), Lebanon (2), Lexington (1), Shelbyville (1) and Versailles (2).

The men who were arrested were from the following countries: Mexico (15), Guatemala (8), Bosnia (1) and South Africa (1).

The arrests included a 47-year-old arrested in Louisville who was a Mexican national with two prior drunken driving convictions, and a previously deported 35-year-old Guatemalan national with multiple prior convictions for drunken driving, as well as obstructing justice and resisting arrest, according to the news release.

The enforcement surge began on May 18 and concluded on June 13, and is described by ICE as, "the latest effort by ICE to prioritize the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens."

In addition to Kentucky, ICE made arrests in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri.

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