Two Jamaicans among 31 arrested by ICE in New York State
Officers from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New York arrested 31 persons during a five-day enforcement surge, from May 19-23, in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.
The Jamaicans were held in Rosedale and Hempstead. Both had previous removal orders.
One of the Jamaicans was previously convicted of reckless driving on two separate occasions, and has pending criminal charges for assault at second degree, intent to cause physical injury with weapon, third-degree burglary, illegal entry with intent to commit crime, identity theft, obstructing governmental administration, possession of burglar tools, and resisting arrest.
The other Jamaican national was previously convicted of disorderly conduct, creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition, and harassment.
The Jamaicans were among several other Caribbean nationals from the countries of St Kitts and the Dominican Republic, who were nabbed during the operation.
Of those arrested, more than 26 were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending, more than 29 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States.
Some of the individuals arrested during the enforcement actions may face federal criminal prosecution for illegal re-entry after removal.
ICE has removed 258,085 aliens in 2018. Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 158,581 aliens, 90 per cent of whom had criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, or previously issued final orders. The overall arrest figure represents an 11 per cent increase over 2017.