U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says deportation officers arrested 83 people in 14 Wisconsin counties over four days ending Monday.
The ICE arrests have prompted at least two schools districts in Dane County, Madison and Oregon, to send an email to parents to make sure they know their rights and offered resources for help.
ICE says of the 77 men and six woman arrested, 44 have criminal convictions. Sixteen are immigration fugitives with no previous criminal convictions and 21 illegally re-entered the U.S. after having been previously deported.
ICE said the arrests included a 27-year-old man from Thailand who is a convicted sex offender and a 27-year-old man from Mexico who has a 2016 conviction for child enticement for exposing his genitals. Both “will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States,” the agency said.
Twenty people were arrested in Dane County.