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ICE officials arrest 12 Mexican citizens in and near Lebanon County

Written by Daniel Walmer/The Lebanon Daily News | Apr 13, 2018 6:27 PM
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(Undated) -- Twelve Mexican citizens unlawfully present in the United States in and near Lebanon County were arrested on Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said.

The arrests stemmed from "targeted enforcement operations" in Palmyra, Manheim, Lebanon and Wernersville that were conducted by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations units, according to an ICE statement.

The Lebanon Daily News asked an ICE Philadelphia public affairs officer whether it had detained people at A&M Pizza locations in Lebanon after receiving a tip on Thursday.

The officer provided a statement about the 12 arrests in response. However, the statement, attributed to ICE officials, did not specifically reference A&M Pizza.

A&M Pizza has locations in Lebanon, Wernersville, Manheim and Campbelltown. 

A manager at A&M Pizza's Quentin Road location said he did not have any comment.

Lebanon County Correctional Facility Warden Robert Karnes said Friday morning that the prison is holding three inmates with active ICE detainers on file.

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officers do not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately. ICE's enforcement actions are targeted and lead driven," the statement from ICE officials said. "ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. All enforcement activities are conducted with the same level of professionalism and respect that ICE officers exhibit every day."

Coincidentally also on Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Pro Publica published the results of a joint investigation regarding the Philadelphia ICE field office. The investigation found that the Philadelphia office arrests a higher percentage of immigrants without a criminal conviction than any other ICE region, at 64 percent.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The Lebanon Daily News. 

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