City officials react to ICE's 4-day "enforcement surge"

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Madison officials are responding to ICE's "enforcement surge" of 83 arrests over four days in statements sent on Wednesday.

In a statement from ICE, Shawn Neudauer from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that arrests were made across 14 Wisconsin counties. Six women and 77 men were arrested:


  • Brown (9)

  • Dane (20)

  • Door (2)

  • Eau Claire (4)

  • Kewaunee (4)

  • Marathon (6)

  • Milwaukee (15)

  • Oconto (1)

  • Outagamie (3)

  • Racine (1)

  • Rock (5)

  • Taylor (7)

  • Trempelaeau (4)

  • Waukesha (2)

City of Madison spokeswoman Katie Crawley said that the 20 Madison residents were taken without notice and that their removal was "clearly... racist and xenophobic."

44 of the 83 arrested arrested had criminal convictions and more than half had prior criminal histories. 16 of the arrested were "immigration fugitives" with no previous criminal convictions and 21 others illegally re-entered the United States after being previously deported.

Crawley said that the release from ICE criminalized the Madison community, creating a false narrative about the immigrant communities in the area.

"We know better. Immigrants are productive members of our neighborhoods, our schools, our communities and our state, providing services in area businesses, paying taxes and trying to raise their children, just like the rest of us," the statement from the Madison Common Council and Mayor Soglin said.

On Wednesday, Congressman Mark Pocan announced on that he will meet with ICE officials on Thursday, Sept. 27 in Washington D.C. to talk about the raids and ICE's communication with local and federal officials.

Pocan said he will demand more information about those who were detained-- especially those who had no previous criminal record or who have been detained for minor offenses like traffic violations.

"I plan to ask why ICE is no longer focusing on individuals associated with serious crime, as well as why the agency has refused to cooperate with local law enforcement officials during these arrests," Pocan said. "These actions are unacceptable."


If convicted, someone who re-enters the United States after being previously deported has committed a felony that can get them up to 20 years in federal prison.


Neudauer noted that those arrested were from eight different countries:


  • Colombia (1)

  • Guatemala (6)

  • Honduras (2)

  • Mexico (68)

  • Nicaragua (3)

  • Russia (1)

  • Thailand (1)

  • Vietnam (1)

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney told NBC15 that local law enforcement was not notified before the arrests through Monday, Sept. 24 and does not know what the charges will be.

The original release from ICE outlined two of the 20 people who were arrested in Madison:


  • Sept. 21: A 27-year-old man from Thailand was arrested in Madison. The release said he is a convicted sex offender and will stay in ICE's custody pending his removal from the country.

  • Sept. 21: A 27-year-old man from Mexico was arrested in Madison. He had a 2016 conviction for exposing his genitals to a child (child enticement), according to the release. He will stay in ICE custody pending his removal from the country.
  • Neudauer said that ICE deportation officers carry out "targeted enforcement operations" daily across the US. When ICE officers encounter what they describe as "aliens," they are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and, when appropriate, are arrested.