NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 8, 2019: Several Caribbean immigrants were
recently nabbed by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and
Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Massachusetts and New York.
considered “criminal immigrants” who had been released from local law
enforcement custody with no notification to ICE and were convicted or charged
with fentanyl, heroin, and other drug-related trafficking crimes.
They included a
Dominican national in Lowell, MA who has pending charges for trafficking
cocaine and false identity. He had been removed from the country in 2018 but illegally
reentered and had been charged in federal court with reentry after deportation,
a federal felony which carries a maximum prison term of up to 20 years. He is
currently in U.S. Marshals Service custody.
immigrants in total were nabbed in Massachusetts including five other
Dominicans, two Haitians and one Bahamian.
In NY, ICE agents
arrested a total of 23 sexual predators during a six-day period in an
enforcement effort dubbed “Operation SOAR” (Sex Offender Alien Removal). Among
them was a 52-year-old Jamaican national, who was nabbed in Uniondale, Long
Island, NY. He has a prior federal conviction for receiving material involving
the sexual exploitation of a minor for which a sentence of 120 months
imprisonment was imposed.
The other Caribbean
national nabbed was a 23-year-old Dominican national in Brooklyn, NY. He was
previously convicted of rape in the second degree, intercourse with person less
than 15 years old and acting in manner to injure a child victim less than 17
ICE did not give
a breakdown of how many immigrants nabbed were from the Caribbean during its NY
roundups have become a major part of the Donald Trump anti-immigration agenda.
Between August and September of this year alone, ICE removed more than 2,500
family members. The removals are just shy of the 2,711 family members removed
in all of fiscal year 2018.
And in Trump’s
first year in office, ICE arrested 109,000 criminals and 46,000 people without
criminal records – a stunning 171 percent increase in the number of
non-criminal individuals arrested over 2016.