Immigration authorities have arrested 336 immigrants since launching an effort Jan. 23 to deport those in the U.S. illegally, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Most of those arrested for removal from the country are young people who crossed the U.S. border without their parents since 2014 and have since been ordered to be deported by immigration courts, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement issued Wednesday.
“As I have said repeatedly, our borders are not open to illegal migration,” Mr. Johnson said. “If someone was apprehended at the border, has been ordered removed by an immigration court, has no pending appeal and does not qualify for asylum or other relief from removal under our laws, he or she must be sent home.”
Immigration raids that kicked off in January infuriated immigrant-rights advocates, who said the efforts spread fear throughout the Hispanic community. Many of those arrested in early January raids were women and their children.