The official said the 21 people were charged with administrative immigration violations and released.
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On Thursday, the official said Homeland Security Investigation (HSI), which is a part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), teamed up with the Lancaster County Sheriffs Office to arrest 22 individuals for unrelated administrative immigration violations.
According to the official, of those arrested, 19 of them are from Mexico, 2 from Honduras, and 1 is from Guatemala.
While HSI is part of ICE, it is not responsible for routine immigration enforcement, but handles investigations into criminal activity under federal law, meaning the arrests were not made in connection to immigration enforcement action.
The Lancaster County Sheriffs Office confirmed Thursday that 2700 Jamie Lane was a location involved in the investigation. That address is Las Margaritas near 27th and Yankee Hill Road.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, is conducting a law enforcement operation in multiple locations in Lincoln, Nebraska, today as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. As of this afternoon, HSI has arrested 22 individuals for unrelated administrative immigration violations. Preliminary information indicates these individuals come from the following countries: Mexico (19), Honduras (2) and Guatemala (1). One woman (from Mexico) was included in these arrests, and 21 men.
The 22 individuals arrested for immigration violations will be interviewed, charged accordingly and likely released later today, pending a review of their respective criminal histories. Any individuals who have convictions for serious past criminal offenses may be further detained.
An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says Homeland Security is conducting several raids in Lincoln.
The official told Channel 8 Eyewitness News that the raids are part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
He said operations are not immigration raids, but that illegal immigrants found during the operations could be charged.