J'can among 13 nabbed in US immigration sweep

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J'can among 13 nabbed in US immigration sweep

Saturday, May 18, 2019

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NEWARK, United States (CMC) — The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a Jamaican national is among 13 people detained during a four-day “surge effort” that targeted immigrants who have been issued a final order of removal in the past five years.

It said that those detained have also criminal convictions or have pending criminal charges.

ICE said that the unidentified Jamaican, who was in the US illegally, was arrested on Wednesday. He had a prior firearms-related offense.

“As this operation clearly demonstrates, ICE continues to focus its efforts first on public safety threats,” said ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operation (ERO) Newark, New Jersey Field Office Director John Tsoukaris.

“The vast majority of the individuals targeted in this effort have criminal offenses in addition to their immigration violations, making them among the highest priority for enforcement,” he added.

ICE said some of the individuals arrested during the operation will face US federal criminal prosecution for illegal re-entry after removal and that those detained who are not being federally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the country.

Ice said last year, 58,581 immigrants were arrested, 90 per cent of whom had criminal convictions, or previously issued final orders of removal from the country.

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