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Jun 22, 2011 5:57 AM by Kate Richards

Crack down on illegal immigrants

DENVER (AP) - Federal authorities say they have made 78 arrests
in Colorado as part of a national crackdown on criminal aliens that
the federal government says threatened public and national
security.

There were 29 arrests in Denver, 13 in Aurora, seven in Commerce
City and 29 others across the state.

The arrests included a 51-year-old Libyan man living in Denver
who had been convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child
and domestic violence.

Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made the
arrests during a seven-day sweep in May, according to spokesman
Carl Rusnok.

ICE officials said the goal was to arrest convicted criminal aliens and track down fugitives who were taking advantage of the U.S. immigration system.

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