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Nearly 200 illegal immigrants arrested

April 25, 2006

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— Federal agents in Florida have arrested 183 illegal immigrants, the largest such sweep in state history, officials said Monday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement squads worked with local police last week to capture the immigrants from Honduras, Haiti, Egypt, China and other countries. Some had served time in U.S. prisons, said Michael Rozos, ICE field office director in Miami.

Authorities said 130 had deportation orders pending against them but had failed to leave the country, making them fugitives. Of that group, 43 had been jailed for criminal violations, including cocaine trafficking and child abuse, but were released before immigration authorities caught up with them. An additional 53 slipped into the United States without permission. They will appear before an immigration judge.

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