A day after New Jersey’s Attorney General, Gubir Grewal, ordered law enforcement (local, county and state) to limit their level of involvement with federal immigration authorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began a five-day period operation in the state and have since announced the arrest of 105 people.
Plans for the operation have been put in place before Attorney General Gubir Grewal gave his orders according to the official statement released by ICE.
Director of ICE’s Newark field office, John Tsoukaris, said ICE’s unflinching commitment to public safety in the state is highlighted by these outstanding results achieved by ICE’s officers in collaboration with law enforcement agencies. He hence emphasized that the agency will not shy away from the focus of arresting illegal aliens who are convicts of serious crimes as well as those who are considered dangerous to public safety.
Details of the Arrest
The operation was led by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and resulted in 105 arrests across the state. 80 percent of the total arrests involve people with prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges according to immigration officials. The arrests include 24 in Hudson County, 14 in Monmouth County, 11 in Passaic County, 10 in Middlesex County and 6 in Essex County.
The arrests include people from Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Korea, Egypt, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Honduras, El Salvador, Columbia, Philippines, Taiwan, Spain, Venezuela, Trinidad, Dominican Republic and Slovakia.
The failure of local police departments and County jails to refer criminals and gang members they come across to ICE for review leaves the agency with no option than to conduct additional enforcement operations via which they can make arrests for immigration violations according to a statement released by the agency.
Sequel to the arrests, ICE has been tagged a rogue agency by a community organizer for Movimiento Cosecha, Carlos Rodriguez. He said it is a shame that ICE director, John Tsoukaris, is trying to destroy the trust the new AG is trying to foster between law enforcement and the immigrant community.
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