U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's fugitive operations officers arrested 188 people from 11 different countries in California during a five-day operation.
The people were arrested in the Los Angeles area, and the operation focused on at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives, ICE said Thursday.
Most of those targeted had prior convictions for drug offenses or drunk driving. Fifteen had been convicted of sex crimes, and another 27 for domestic violence, according to ICE.
"Operations like these are emblematic of the vital work ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers do every day seeking to locate, arrest, and ultimately deport at-large convicted criminals and other immigration fugitives who pose a threat to public safety," David Marin, field officer director for ERO in Los Angeles, said in a statement.
"By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we're making our communities safer for everyone," he said.
Among those arrested as part of the operation were a 29-year-old Salvadoran convicted of rape in California. The man had been deported after serving nine years in prison but returned to the U.S.
A 51-year-old from Mexico who had been previously deported was also arrested by ICE. The man spent three years in the California Department of Corrections for trafficking cocaine.
ICE also arrested a 26-year-old from El Salvador, who was registered as a sex offender after having sex with a minor. The man was convicted in 2014.
President Trump made illegal immigration a priority of his agenda, and since he signed executive orders involving immigration enforcement, ICE has arrested more than 41,000 people — a 40 percent increase over the same time last year.
Nearly 75 percent of those arrested during this period this year are convicted criminals.