Fifteen illegal immigrants convicted of sex crimes have been arrested in the District and Virginia, and will be deported after their sentences have been served.
In addition, another 365 illegal immigrants have been identified behind bars and will also be deported.
The announcement was made Friday by Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton, and Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
The 15 illegal immigrants were arrested as part of Operation SOAR, or Sexual Offender Alien Removal. They were convicted of sex crimes, including several against children and teenagers.
"We are committed to keeping Virginians safe and secure," said McDonnell. "No criminal alien sex offenders should be allowed to remain in our communities."
"While Virginia has its disagreements with the federal government on certain issues, Operation SOAR and programs related to it have emerged from a strong federal-state collaborative effort" said Cuccinelli.
A similar initiative two years ago in Virginia removed 171 convicted illegal immigrant sex offenders.
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