Feds round up hundreds of illegal immigrants, many convicted of violent crimes, who were hiding out in Chicago neighborhoods and other parts of the midwest.
Federal officials in Chicago say they've have arrested 370 convicted illegal immigrants and immigration fugitives in a three-day bust in 10 Midwest states.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said it was the biggest bust of its kind and included gang members and sex offenders.
The operation ended Thursday and arrests were made in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Ohio. Other arrests were made in Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. Officials initially said arrests also were made in South Dakota but later removed that state from the list.
Among the arrestees were 347 illegal aliens from 56 different nations, nine gang members and 16 convicted sex offenders. Officials said 339 of the arrestees were males.
"The kinds of people we arrested today were arrested multiple times and we had to to go to the streets and find them and remove them," said Marshall McPherson with the United States Marshal Service.
The ICE is part of the Homeland Security department. To date they have arrested and removed 142,526 criminal aliens, they said in a release.