U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it has arrested 17 convicted criminal illegal immigrants, immigration fugitives and immigration violators during a three-day operation in the Madison area.
ICE said that nine arrests occurred in Madison.
This operation concluded Sunday and was conducted by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations teams in Milwaukee.
ICE said that all 17 arrested had prior convictions for crimes, such as assault, battery, drunken driving, child abuse causing serious injury, felony stalking, false imprisonment and theft.
One of those arrested was an immigration fugitive who had been previously ordered to leave the country but failed to depart, ICE said.
Five others had been previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States, which is a felony, according to an ICE news release.
ICE said that of the 17 men arrested, 15 were from Mexico, one was from Honduras and one was from Nicaragua.
Additional arrests were made in the following Wisconsin communities: Fitchburg, Fort Atkinson, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Watertown, Waukesha and Windsor.
ICE said that one of the men arrested in Madison, a 24-year-old Mexican national, has prior criminal convictions for battery, bail jumping and disorderly conduct.
He was previously deported to Mexico in 2007 and illegally re-entered the United States, ICE said. He was arrested Dec. 8 at his Madison residence and remains in ICE custody pending removal. He may face federal prosecution for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported, according to the news release.
ICE said it is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that targets serious criminal illegal immigrants who present the greatest risk to the security of communities, such as illegal immigrants charged with or convicted of homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, major drug offenses or who are threats to national security.
ICE said it also prioritizes the arrest and removal of those who game the immigration system, including immigration fugitives or criminal illegal immigrants who have been previously deported and illegally re-entered the country.