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The immigrants arrested represent more than 32 different nations, including countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa.
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The immigrants arrested represent more than 32 different nations, including countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa.

ICE Director John Morton announced a total of 163 arrests across 13 counties in the northern part of the state.

"To those who doubt the federal government's resolve on this point -- I say this: We are committed to the identification and removal of criminal offenders from our streets. Pure and simple," he says.

Morton made the announcement inside the Prince William County Judicial Center in Manassas. Prince William had the largest portion of arrests -- 37 -- but is also the place where local leaders have been leveling some of the sharpest criticism of ICE.

State Del. Bob Marshall, a Republican from Manassas, said he was pleased with the latest arrests. But he believes the current level of cooperation between local law enforcement and ICE only came after a fatal car crash, allegedly caused by an illegal immigrant with previous DUI convictions last August.

"If Prince William County had not had the unfortunate incident of the nun being killed by someone who was not here legally, I don't believe this level of heightened awareness would have taken place," he says.

Marshall says ICE needs to utilize state police to help enforce federal immigration laws -- a suggestion put forth by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Critics of ICE's cooperation with local police say it makes all immigrants reluctant to report crimes.

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