Homeland Security investigators arrest 22 for immigration violations in Lincoln; two restaurants closed

Homeland Security investigators arrest 22 for immigration violations in Lincoln; two restaurants closed

Homeland Security: 22 arrested during criminal investigation in Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. – An official for Homeland Security confirmed 22 people have been arrested at multiple locations in Lincoln as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

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 on Tuesday 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.

An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says Homeland Security is conducting several raids in Lincoln. 

While HSI is part of ICE, it is not responsible for routine immigration enforcement, but handles investigation into criminal activity under federal law, meaning the arrests were not made in connection to immigration enforcement action.

The official for HSI would not confirm any locations the arrests were made, but did say that most, if not all of those arrested could be released Thursday.

“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,” the official said.

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The Lancaster County Sheriffs Office also confirmed that 2700 Jamie Lane was a location involved in the investigation. That address is Las Margaritas near 27th and Yankee Hill Road.

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