WASHINGTON — U.S. agents arrested 3,168 people in the biggest sweep of an operation targeting criminal and fugitive immigrants for deportation, immigration officials said on Monday.
The details were released as Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the White House.
The roundup was the third “Cross Check” sweep since May 2011. It brought to more than 10,000 the number of foreign lawbreakers or repeat immigration offenders arrested in national and regional operations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton said.
“These are people we do not want roaming our streets,” Morton said at a news conference.
The arrests are part of a U.S. focus on deporting criminals or repeat immigration offenders rather than low-priority illegal immigrants.
Mexico is the top source country for the 11.5 million illegal immigrants in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE, said…
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