Federal authorities have begun systematic immigration sweeps, targeting Central American adults and children who entered the country without authorization, but the authorities said none has occurred in California.
The unauthorized immigrants were arrested after May 2014, have been issued final deportation orders by an immigration court, have exhausted all legal remedies and have no outstanding appeals or claims for asylum, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
About 120 people — primarily in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina — were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of the sweep and are in the process of being repatriated, according to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
“This should come as no surprise. I have said publicly for months that individuals who constitute enforcement priorities, including families and unaccompanied children, will be removed,” Johnson said in a memo Monday, in which he reinforced the department’s new priorities for immigration enforcement.