ICE officials say 2,900 arrests are not related to IHOP raids

ICE makes 2901 arrests across U.S. during operation Cross Check / NBC News

According to NBC News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Wednesday that the agency netted more than 2,900 criminal aliens in a recent operation.

The arrests were made in all 50 states and four U.S. territories in the seven day operation called "Cross Check," which ran September 17 through the 23.

This is the same time frame that six Toledo area IHOPs, and another in Indiana, were raided by officials with Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and the FBI.

ICE officials, however, say the two operations were not related.

Following the IHOP raids on September 20, sources close to the investigation told WNWO the investigation involved an undocumented worker situation.

ICE says the target of the Cross Check sweep was on illegal immigrants, with criminal records, living in the U.S. According to ICE, all of the 2901 individuals taken into custody had prior criminal convictions.

More than 1,600 had been convicted of felonies, including manslaughter, attempted murder, drug trafficking and child abuse. Authorities say all of those arrested in the sweep will be deported.

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