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232 immigrant criminals off Georgia streets

By Alexis Stevens

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Following a three-day sweep across the southeast, 232 immigrants

with criminal records have been arrested in Georgia, according to U.S.

immigration officials.

"Operation Cross Check" was the largest operation of its kind,

netting 596 total arrests in the Southeast, U.S. Immigration and

Customs Enforcement said.

Many of those were arrested in northwest Georgia, according to

numbers obtained by the AJC. Nineteen people were arrested in Rome,

along with five in Cartersville and three in Dalton.

Cumming led the metro Atlanta area with 17 arrests and 14 people were arrested in Decatur.

Other arrest totals by city include:

Columbus: 7

Fayetteville: 5

Jonesboro: 6

Marietta: 4

Newnan: 4

Warner Robins: 9

The arrested represent 60 different nations, including countries in Latin

America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, officials said.

One of those arrested Tuesday was Oriel Bernard McCarthy, of

Jamaica, who was recently arrested for aggravated assault and

possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. McCarthy was

arrested in Jonesboro, and his criminal history includes convictions

and arrests in four states, including New York, South Carolina,

Maryland and Georgia, officials said.

McCarthy's crimes have included felony forgery, stalking, criminal

domestic violence, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and

manufacture, aggravated assault, sexual abuse and forcible contact,

possession of stolen property, and robbery. He was ordered removed by

an immigration judge on Oct. 21 in New York City.

Those specifically targeted included at-large criminal aliens and

immigration fugitives — aliens who have ignored final court-ordered

deportation. Three people arrested this week were convicted of murder,

according to the Atlanta ICE field director.

ICE officers and agents worked with the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S.

Customs and Border Protection, and local law enforcement agencies in

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama,

Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.

“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


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