Sex Offenders Apprehended in Operation SOAR
15 convicted criminal alien sex offenders have been identified and are scheduled for deportation as the result of a recent ICE investigation. Craig Carper reports.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency or ICE, recently completed a five-day project called Operation SOAR, which stands for Sexual Offender Alien Removal.
60 law enforcement officers from ICE, the Virginia State Police, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Roanoke City Police Department participated in the investigation, which determined the legal status of convicted sex offenders in the Commonwealth.
Operation SOAR resulted in 15 arrests, as well as the identification of 356 currently incarcerated individuals who will be deported upon the completion of their sentences.
Governor Bob McDonnell.
McDonnell: We’ve been able to do some very positive things to remove criminal illegal aliens from both the streets and the prisons of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It’s something I think our public demands and will improve public safety because it will mean less victimization, less future incarceration for the citizens of Virginia.
In recent years, Virginia has created a system requiring every individual held on felony charges to have their legal status determined at the time of arrest. Operation SOAR focused solely on those felons convicted before that law took effect.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square