Iranian Immigration Violators Remain at Large

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 02:02 PM

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Almost all of the 28 Iranian nationals detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) between 2009 and 2010 were released inside the United States remain fugitives, according to an investigation by CNSNews.com.

Only two of the 28 Iranians detained for failing to comply with orders of immigration authorities over issues with their resident status are accounted for. The other 26 still could be in the United States.

Asked for an update on how many of the Iranian nationals remained on the lam, ICE told CNS News only that it places greatest priority on locating immigration violators who pose a terroristic threat.

"ICE fugitive operations teams around the country work every day to apprehend individuals who have ignored an immigration judge's order to leave the country, in keeping with ICE's focus on removing those who potentially pose a threat to national security or public safety,” ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told the website.

These revelations come on the heels of federal charges filed last week against Iranian-American Mansour J. Arbabsiar of Texas, accused of plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States.


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