U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) announced this week that a recent raid netted more than 200 illegal aliens, many of whom had past records of criminal activity in America.
“These arrests are just one more indicator of the threat that sanctuary policies pose to our communities,” said Todd M. Lyons, acting ICE office director in Boston, according to The Boston Herald. “Our officers will continue to arrest public safety threats that are released back to the communities, even as we remain committed to working with our local law enforcement partners to keep communities in the region safe.”
The prime arrestee was Alois Mutare, a 42-year-old from Zimbabwe who was wanted for raping a 25-year-old woman. Mutare overstayed a visitor visa by more than 20 years. He faces rape charges, and deportation when his criminal proceedings are finished.
ICE said that 178 of the 209 illegal aliens whom it arrested are either facing criminal charges unrelated to their illegal status, or had been convicted of a crime.
Other arrestees included a 48-year-old man who was previously convicted of kidnapping and murder, and had been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. When he was released from prison, he was not deported.
ICE focuses its efforts on “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” but also has authority to arrest anyone residing in the country illegally.
The federal immigration agency also arrested a 29-year-old man from Liberia, purported to be a member of the Bloods street gang, who was previously convicted of conspiracy to commit extortion and burglary.
ICE also arrested a 34-year-old illegal alien who had been previously deported from the United States, and is wanted in the Dominican Republic for armed robbery and murder.
In total, the illegal aliens who were arrested came from a variety of nations, including Angola, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Italy, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Mexico, Portugal, Trinidad, and Zimbabwe, according to The Herald.
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