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NY Doesn’t Want to Cooperate with ICE? No Problem, 20 Alien Criminals Arrested Anyway

NEW YORK — During the month of February 2019, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal’s (ERO) deportation officers assigned to the New York Field Office arrested more than 20 criminal aliens throughout their area of responsibility, after they were released from local law enforcement custody with an active immigration detainer in place.

“The sanctuary city politics of this city continue to put the safety of New York residents at risk,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ERO NY. “We need our elected officials to stop the rhetoric. The fact remains that ICE makes this city safer by removing criminal aliens and public threats off the street so they are unable to reoffend, victimizing our city residents.”

Case Examples

  • Bronx County: An unlawfully present Guyanese national, was arrested by local authorities for Assault 2nd, Assault 3rd, Reckless Endangerment, Menacing, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. A detainer was issued, but was not honored and he was released. On Feb. 8, ERO deportation officers arrested him in the Bronx. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending a removal hearing before an immigration judge.
  • Bronx County: An unlawfully present Mexican national, was arrested by local authorities for Robbery 2nd: Aided by Another, and Robbery 2nd: Cause Physical Injury. A detainer was issued, but was not honored and he was released. On Feb. 8, ERO deportation officers arrested him in the Bronx. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending a removal hearing before an immigration judge.
  • Bronx County: An unlawfully present Dominican national, was arrested by local authorities for Criminal Sale of Marijuana, Criminal Possession of Marijuana, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. A detainer was issued, but was not honored and he was released. On Feb. 8, ERO deportation officers arrested him in the Bronx. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending a removal hearing before an immigration judge.
  • Kings County: An unlawfully present Italian national, was arrested by local authorities for Criminal Tax Fraud. A detainer was issued, but was not honored and he was released. On Feb. 25, ERO deportation officers arrested him in Brooklyn. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending removal to Italy.
  • Kings County: An unlawfully present Spanish national, was arrested by local authorities for Assault, menacing, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, and Harassment. A detainer was issued, but was not honored and he was released. On Feb. 26, ERO deportation officers arrested him in Brooklyn. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending removal to Spain.
  • New York County: An unlawfully present Mexican national, was arrested by local authorities for Assault 2nd, Assault 3rd, and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation. He A detainer was issued, but was not honored and he was released. He subsequently plead guilty to Assault 3rd. On Feb. 26, ERO deportation officers arrested him in Manhattan. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending a removal hearing before an immigration judge.
  • Queens County: An unlawfully present Mexican national, was arrested by local authorities for Assault 2nd , Act in Manner Injure Child Less Than 17, Escape, Harassment 2nd: Physical Contact. The victim in this case was under the age of 11. A detainer was issued, but was not honored and he was released. On Feb. 6, ERO deportation officers arrested him in Kew Gardens. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending a removal hearing before an immigration judge.
  • Queens County: An unlawfully present Mexican national, was arrested by local authorities for Criminal Contempt: Disobey Court. A detainer was issued, but was not honored and he was released. On Feb. 19, ERO deportation officers arrested him in Kew Gardens. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending a removal hearing before an immigration judge.
  •  Queens County: An unlawfully present Colombian national, was arrested by local authorities in October 2018 for Strangulation, Assault, and Harassment, and again in December 2018 for Robbery, and Assault. A detainer was issued each time, but was not honored and he was released. On Feb. 26, ERO deportation officers arrested him in Kew Gardens. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending a removal hearing before an immigration judge.
  • Rockland County: An unlawfully present Guatemalan national, was arrested by local authorities for Rape. A detainer was issued to the county jail, but was not honored and he was released. On Feb. 26, ERO deportation officers arrested him in Spring Valley. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending a removal hearing before an immigration judge.
  • Suffolk County: An unlawfully present Salvadoran national, and MS-13 associate, was arrested by local authorities for DWI. A detainer was issued, but was not honored and he was released. On Feb. 27, ERO deportation officers arrested him in Brentwood. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending removal to El Salvador.
  • Westchester County: An unlawfully present Colombian national, was arrested by local authorities for Assault 2nd: Intent to Cause Serious Physical Injury. A detainer was issued to the county jail, but was not honored due to Westchester County’s Immigrant Protection Act. He was later sentenced to a year in prison. On March 1, ERO deportation officers arrested him in Valhalla. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending a removal hearing before an immigration judge.

ERO New York Operations

In Fiscal Year 2018, the New York field office made more than 3,400 arrests in their area of responsibility (southernmost 14 counties of New York State) – approximately 87 percent of those individuals either had a prior criminal conviction or had criminal charges pending, pursuant to their arrest by a law enforcement agency. In a region with a population of approximately 8-10 million residents, these statistics clearly illustrate that ERO New York prioritizes its daily targeted enforcement efforts, on criminals and public safety threats. Reports of ICE raids, sweeps or checkpoints are false, dangerous and irresponsible. These reports create panic and put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger. Any groups falsely reporting such activities are doing a disservice to those they claim to support.

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