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32 illegal immigrants arrested in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal authorities have arrested 32 illegal immigrants in central and south Georgia who they say are accused of committing crimes or fled after a judge ordered them to leave the country.

The illegals were rounded up in a four-day operation that ended Friday and took place in Houston, Peach, Bibb, Dougherty, Toombs and Thomas counties.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Ivan Ortiz-Delgado says many of the illegal immigrants are subject to immediate removal since they have outstanding deportation orders or were previously deported. The rest will stay in custody until their criminal cases are completed, they get a hearing before an immigration judge or travel arrangements out of the country can be made.

Four of the detainees returned to the United States illegally after being deported. They will be prosecuted in federal court in the Middle District of Georgia and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Fifteen of the individuals disobeyed a final order of deportation issued by an immigration judge.

A majority of the group is from Mexico or Central American countries. However, two of the detainees are from China and one is from India.

ICE fugitive operations teams made 30,787 arrests nationwide in the fiscal year that ended August 20.