Immigration officials say 81 immigrants were arrested in New England for crimes, immigration violations and being fugitives from the law during a four-day enforcement operation.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation, which ended Wednesday, aims to focus on the deportation of criminal immigrants and egregious violators of immigration law.
All of those arrested by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston Field Office had either been previously removed from the U.S., ordered removed and failed to comply, or have prior criminal convictions, including assault and battery, distribution of heroin, identity fraud and larceny.
One of those awaiting deportation is a citizen of the Dominican Republic who was arrested in Massachusetts Monday for a series of crimes including possession of a firearm and assault and battery, the Associated Press reported.
A Nigerian man, who was previously convicted of enticing a minor in Connecticut, was taken into ICE custody on Wednesday. He reportedly arrived in the U.S. in 2002 as a visitor and never left.
“The arrest and removal of criminal aliens has a direct and tangible impact on public safety in communities in New England,” Sean Gallagher, field office director for ERO Boston, told WWLP. “Our continued focus on targeting criminal aliens and egregious immigration violators also ensures the very best use of limited agency resources.”
In the fiscal year 2013, ICE has removed 368,644 immigrants nationwide. About 82 percent of those removed were previously been convicted of a criminal offense.
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