U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in Florida arrested 76 criminal illegal aliens, targeting people who pose a threat to public safety.
ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers conducted the enforcement action between April 18 and 21. A majority of those arrested, 57, had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses such as sexual battery, child sex crimes, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and drug violations, among others.
The other 19 people arrested were accused of lesser charges like larceny, petty theft, driving under the influence, fraud and more.
In Miami, Field Office Director Marc J. Moore says the actions make the community safer.
“ICE is committed to making our communities safer by removing threats to our public safety,” said Moore, whose office oversees all of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Communities across Florida and Puerto Rico are safer today because of the hard work of our ERO officers.”
With other federal and local law enforcement agencies, like the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Diplomatic Security Service, supporting the efforts, arrests were made across several counties.
The roundup comes after ICE announced a four-day sting earlier this week. That action resulted in the arrests of 95 illegal aliens in Texas and took 82 serious offenders off the streets of America.
The list of countries those arrested in the Florida roundup originate from include: Bahamas, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, South Africa, St. Kitts, Ukraine, Vietnam.
ICE reports that the “targets in this operation” were cooperative. They were removed under the Immigration and Nationality Act and those with orders of deportation or were deported before will be removed from the country immediately. All others remain in ICE custody awaiting a hearing or removal “in the near future”. Thirteen individuals arrested during the action were previously removed and may be prosecuted “for felony re-entry after deportation” by the U.S. Attorney’s Office .
According to ICE, examples of person’s arrested include:
- On April 18, ERO officers arrested a Jamaican citizen in Oakland Park who is a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. In 2002 the subject was convicted of attempted sexual battery on a minor. The subject is currently pending a removal hearing by an immigration judge.
- On April 19, ERO officers arrested a Haitian citizen in the West Palm Beach area. The subject was previously convicted in 2001 for attempted sexual battery; and burglary of a dwelling. The subject has had an Immigration Removal Order since 2015.
- On April 20, ERO officers arrested a Bahamian citizen in Miami who has been a lawful permanent resident since 1983. The subject has convictions from 1995 for sexual assault, burglary, robbery, kidnapping an adult and was registered as a sex offender. The subject is currently pending removal proceedings before an immigration judge.
- On April 21, ERO officers arrested a Mexican citizen in Miami who has previously been removed from the US on two separate occasions. The subject was convicted for the crimes of cocaine possession, aggravated assault on family with a weapon, and false imprisonment. The subject is currently pending criminal prosecution for illegal re-entry into the US.
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