ICE arrests 59 in Colo. |

ICE arrests 59 in Colo.

Hector Gutierrez
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

COLORADO “-Federal agents have captured 30 fugitives in 14 Colorado cities who refused to leave the country after being ordered to do so or who failed to show up for their immigration hearings.

Twenty of the fugitives apprehended have previous criminal convictions, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

ICE agents arrested 29 additional people they encountered during the fugitive sweep on other immigration violations, according to the agency.

The five-day operation to find the fugitives began last Friday.

Some egregious cases of immigrants with criminal backgrounds cited by ICE included:

* Fernando Rios Miramontes, who was picked up on Monday in Denver. Rios was in the U.S. on a a visitor visa but overstayed. An arrest warrant was issued for Rios on allegations that while in a position of trust he sexually assaulted a child. He also was one of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office’s most wanted. ICE agents have placed a detainer on him.

* Ivan E. Rodriguez Hernandez, who was arrested Tuesday in Denver after the district attorney’s office referred him to federal authorities. Rodriguez was convicted in June for an assault and given 10 years probation.

* Jose Rodriguez, brother of Ivan Rodriguez. He has a previous conviction for motor vehicle theft and was sentenced to 45 days in jail and one year’s probation.

Both siblings are expected to undergo immigration hearings, and they are being held without bail. The four fugitives are from Mexico.

Since October 2007, the ICE Fugitive Operations Teams in Colorado and Wyoming have apprehended 405 immigrants who refused to leave the country after being ordered to do so, according to the agency.

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