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J'can among C'bean nationals nabbed in US immigration sweep

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals were among more than 100 illegal immigrants nabbed by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a five-day operation in New Jersey, targeting at-large criminal immigrants, illegal re-entrants and other immigration violators.

ICE said that the operation was supported by its Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and US Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) New Jersey Field Office.

According to ICE, among those 101 people detained there were three nationals from Guyana and Haiti and one Jamaican.

ICE said that an unidentified Guyanese citizen, who was convicted of aggravated assault with a weapon, was among those detained.

The other nationals came from several countries including Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; the Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; Mexico; the United Kingdom and Venezuela.

ICE said the New Jersey enforcement effort comes days after the agency announced a 40 per cent spike in administrative arrests nationwide over last year.

“The continued results of our Fugitive Operations officers and their law enforcement partners underscore ICE's ongoing and steady commitment to public safety,” said John Tsoukaris, field office director of ERO Newark.

“As part of this operation, we continue focus on the arrest of individuals who are criminal and are a threat to public safety and national security. Because of the tireless efforts of these professional officers, there are 101 fewer criminals in our communities.”

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