Vincentians among C’bean nationals nabbed during immigration sweep

Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 225 during a 6-day period, ending Apr. 14 in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

During the operation, ICE’s ERO arrested 225 individuals including Vincentian nationals for violating U.S. immigration laws.

Of those arrested, more than 180 were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending, more than 80 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally.

Several had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.

Other Caribbean nationals arrested are from Antigua and Barbuda; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guyana; Haiti; Jamaica; St Lucia;  and Trinidad and Tobago.

“ICE continues to face significant obstacles with policies created by local officials, which hinder cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement. Yet, with the tireless efforts of the men and women of ICE, this operation was a great success,” said Thomas R Decker, field office director for ERO New York.

“The fact is that a so-called ‘sanctuary city’ does not only provide refuge to those who are here against immigration law but also provides protections for criminal aliens who prey on the people in their own communities by committing crimes at all levels,” he added.

Ice said among those arrested is a 56-year-old Haitian national with previous convictions for second-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon.

It added that a 39-year-old Jamaican national, a registered sexual offender with convictions of criminal possession of a loaded firearm and attempted rape had also been detained.

A 58-year-old, Trinidadian national, who was twice removed from the United States, was arrested, ICE said, noting that it is focusing on removing individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.

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