News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Sat. July 8, 2018: A Jamaican national is in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) custody and facing deportation after being nabbed outside a Queens’ courthouse.
Najee Antonio Clarke was arrested on June 16th outside the Queens County courthouse with pending felony charges by U.S. ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers.
Clarke, who entered the United States on June 17, 2010, at John F. Kennedy Airport, Queens, NY as a B-2 visitor was authorized to remain until Dec. 16, 2010.
But he failed to leave upon expiration of the waiver. On May 6th, Clarke was arrested by the Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department (MTAPD) and was later identified as a non-immigrant overstay by ERO deportation officers on May 7th.
A detainer was lodged against Clarke with the Rikers Island Correctional Facility but Clarke was subsequently released on bail and the detainer was not honored because New York is a sanctuary city.
ICE agents then grabbed Clarke following his court appearance and he remains in custody pending deportation.