Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire police are speaking out after ICE made four arrests in Eau Claire County over the weekend.
According to Eau Claire Police Chief Deputy Matt Rokus, ECPD is notified when ICE will be in the city in case of any public safety concerns.
“ECPD does not participate in planned immigrant operations,” Rokus told News 18.
Rokus said Eau Claire police are sensitive to how these arrests make some community members feel.
“We are sensitive to the anxieties and the concern this causes in our community.”
Rokus did not know if all four arrests in Eau Claire County happened within the city limits.
Chicago (WQOW) – Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 83 “criminal aliens” and “immigration violators” during a four-day period that wrapped up on Monday in Wisconsin.
According to ICE officials, arrests were made in 14 counties – including four arrests in both Eau Claire and Trempealeau Counties.
In all, 77 men and six women were arrested.
ICE officials said more than half of the immigrants arrested had prior criminal histories. Sixteen of the arrested had no previous convictions and 21 re-entered the U.S. after having been previously deported.
Immigrants arrested during this operation are from the following eight countries: Columbia (1),
Guatemala (6), Honduras (2), Mexico (68), Nicaragua (3), Russia (1), Thailand (1) and Vietnam (1).
ICE did not give details on each arrest, but did provide a few examples including a 27-year-old man from Mexico who was arrested in the city of Eau Claire. He was convicted in 2017 for having sex with a minor. He remains in ICE custody pending his removal to Mexico.