By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, NEWARK, N.J., Mon. Dec. 19, 2016: At least four Caribbean nationals were among 82 criminal immigrants recently iced by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) across the state of New Jersey.
They include nationals of the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Cuba and Jamaica.
The Jamaican national nabbed was a criminal convicted of terroristic threats, stalking, possession of a weapon, distribution of narcotics and resisting arrest.
The Guyanese citizen was convicted of aggravated assault with a weapon while the Dominican Republic national was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual contact against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
The Cuban citizen was convicted of robbery, possession of narcotics, and distribution of narcotics.
Other immigrants were also nabbed from Latin American nations including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Peru. All of the immigrants ranged from age 18 to 66 and were all previously convicted of a variety of offenses.
“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said John Tsoukaris, field office director of ERO Newark. “As part of this operation, we specifically focused on the arrest of individuals who are in violation priority one of DHS Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities. Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ERO officers and our law enforcement partners, there are 82 fewer criminals in our neighborhoods,” he added.
In fiscal year 2015, the US ICE conducted 235,413 removals nationwide. Ninety-one percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.