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Authorities with the Immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important.  and Customs Enforcement agency arrested nine people in late October as part of the operation dubbed "Return

to Sender."

The arrests were made in the "Santa Fe-Albuquerque area" according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 an ICE spokeswoman who couldn't provide more details on the arrest locations Wednesday evening.

The people arrested by the Albuquerque Fugitive Operations Team included one criminal ICE fugitive from Mexico; two noncriminal ICE fugitives from Guatemala; five noncriminal nonfugitives from Mexico and one noncriminal nonfugitive from Guatemala, said ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa.

Not all the arrestees met the same fate, however. Some were taken to El Paso El Paso (ĕl pă`sō), city (1990 pop. 515,342), seat of El Paso co., extreme W Tex., on the Rio Grande opposite Juárez, Mex.; inc. 1873.  to be deported, while others were to await immigration hearings.

One was given an "order of supervision for humanitarian reasons," Zamarripa said in an e-mail. Those orders, under which the person isn't detained but must check in periodically with immigration officials, are given in cases where, for example, the arrestee ARRESTEE, law of Scotland. He in whose hands a debt, or property in his possession, has been arrested by a regular arrestment. If, in contempt of the arrestment, he shall make payment of the sum, or deliver the goods arrested to the common debtor, he is not only liable criminally for  is caring for a minor or an elderly parent.

One woman arrested in the roundup was a Santa Fe Santa Fe, city, Argentina
Santa Fe, city (1991 pop. 341,000), capital of Santa Fe prov., NE Argentina, a river port near the Paraná, with which it is connected by canal.
 woman who lived here for six years and has three children. The woman's sister is now caring for the children.

"She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said the woman's sister, who asked not to be identified.

The arrested woman didn't have a criminal record and is worried sick about being separated from her youngest daughter, who is 3 years old, the sister said. The woman was arrested early one weekend morning late last month outside her apartment.

Operation Return to Sender Operation Return to Sender is the name for a massive sweep of illegal immigrants by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency that began on May 26, 2006.  is a nationwide immigration enforcement program that began in May 2006.

Zamarripa said ICE agents during such operations look for specific criminals but also arrest other people whom they find to be in the country without permission.

ICE this spring said it had arrested 45 immigrants in Santa Fe, including some at a highway anti-DWI checkpoint around Memorial Day weekend.

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Publication:The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM)
Date:Nov 13, 2008
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