St Vincent and the Grenadines nationals were among other Caribbean citizens nabbed by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2016.
This as the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sought to protect America “from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety.”
In March, during a five-week operation dubbed “Project Shadowfire,” ICE said 1,133 immigrants, including Caribbean nationals, were arrested.
According to the agency, the sweep included more than 900 transnational criminal gang members and others associated with transnational criminal activity, such as drug trafficking, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.
Nationals from 13 countries in Central America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean were reportedly arrested in “Project Shadowfire,” which was a “surge operation” conducted under Operation Community Shield.
ICE said that 1,001 were charged with criminal offenses, and 132 were arrested administratively for immigration violations.
In August, officers from ICE and ERO arrested 58 persons during an operation spanning the New York metropolitan area, targeting criminal immigrants and “other enforcement priorities.”
ERO officers apprehended immigrants with criminal convictions, in addition to others who fell under the agency’s enforcement priorities, during the five-day enforcement action.
According to ICE, those arrested had criminal histories with past convictions for rape, kidnapping, robbery, burglary and other serious criminal offences.
The foreign nationals arrested during the operation included citizens of 17 countries, including Jamaica; Trinidad and Tobago; Dominican Republic; Belize; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Guyana; Mexico; Philippines; Indonesia; Guatemala; Ecuador; El Salvador; Lebanon; Colombia; Israel; Romania, and the United Kingdom.