U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted a four-day sweep to arrest criminal illegal aliens in New Jersey, and released the results in a Tuesday press release.
The most high profile criminal, according the to the law enforcement agency was a Brazilian man wanted for homicide in his home country.
“A Brazilian national, in the country illegally and wanted in Brazil for homicide, was arrested last week during enforcement efforts conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in New Jersey, targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal reentrants and other immigration violators.” the press release said.
The operation began on Jan. 27 and ended on Feb. 1. ICE said that it nabbed 115 foreign nationals residing in the United States illegally, and that 84% of the arrestees had criminal records and/or pending charges against them.
One illegal alien living in Glassboro, NJ, had a prior conviction for homicide. He, along with many other violent criminals on the list, had been previously deported.
The release detailed some of the high-profile arrests:
- In Newark, a 53-year-old Brazilian national, who has a warrant in Brazil for the offense of homicide;
- In Fairfield, a 58-year-old Peruvian national, who has a warrant in Peru for the offense of extortion;
- In North Bergen, a 44-year-old Salvadoran national, who has a conviction for the offense of endangering the welfare of a child;
- In Elizabeth, a 28-year-old Salvadoran national, who has a pending case in El Salvador for the offense of homicide;
- In Glassboro, a 60-year-old previously deported Mexican national, who has a conviction for the offense of homicide;
- In Guttenberg, a 40-year-old Mexican national, who has convictions for the offense of child abuse, DUI and domestic violence;
- In North Brunswick, a 42-year-old Jamaican national, who has convictions for the offense of drug smuggling and exporting cocaine;
- In Plainfield, a 31-year-old previously deported Guatemalan national, who has convictions for the offense of domestic violence and DUI;
- In Paterson, a 45-year-old Salvadoran national who has convictions for the offense of endangering the welfare of a child and DUI;
- In Passaic, a 50-year-old Bolivian national, who multiple convictions for the offense of endangering the welfare of a child, hindering apprehension and DUI;
- In Pompton Plains, a 55-year-old United Kingdom national, who has convictions for the offense of arson, domestic violence and distribution of narcotics;
- In West Milford, a 46-year-old previously deported Mexican national, who has a conviction for criminal sexual contact involving a minor;
- In Paterson a 22-year-old Dominican national, who is a member of the Trinitarios gang with convictions for the offense of possession of a weapon and theft; and
- In Paterson, a 20-year-old Salvadoran national, who is a member of the MS-13 gang.
Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras were the most heavily represented countries among arrestees, but dangerous illegal aliens from the United Kingdom, Nigeria, and even Ghana, were taken off the streets.
ICE, which is an agency that often comes under fire from the political left, celebrated the successful operation. In a statement, Ruben Perez, acting field office director of ERO Newark, took a swipe at laws meant to hinder ICE’s ability to do it’s job.
“The remarkable results of our officers and law enforcement partners highlight ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety in the face of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Immigrant Trust Directive, which severely limits local and state law enforcement cooperation with ICE-ERO,” he said.
New Jersey is effectively a “sanctuary state,” and local law enforcement are hindered in their ability to assist federal immigration authorities.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also assisted in the operation.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is extremely proud to have assisted in this targeted enforcement action,” Director of CBP’s New York Field office Troy Miller said. “It is through collaborative efforts that law enforcement agencies can combat illegal acts and apprehend criminals who pose a threat to the homeland.”
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