ICE arrests 76 foreigners with criminal records
Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 76 foreign nationals, all with criminal records, in Puerto Rico and Florida, including several in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, ICE said in a statement last week.
Among detainees, ICE said, were foreign nationals with serious criminal records such as lewd and lascivious behavior, sexual battery, child sex crimes, sex offenses, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, weapons charges and drug violations.
The arrests, which took place between April 18-21, came as similar targeted operations have become more evident across the nation following the swearing in of Donald Trump as president Jan. 20. However, similar targeted operations were conducted periodically under former President Barack Obama.
An ICE statement issued last week noted that during fiscal year 2016 the agency conducted 240,255 “removals” or deportations nationwide, and that 92 percent of “individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a crime.”
Other foreign nationals also arrested had less violent crimes in their records such as larceny, petty theft, trespass, fraud, driving under the influence or without a license.
“ICE is committed to making our communities safer, by removing threats to our public safety,” said Marc J. Moore, field office director for the Miami field office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), which oversees operations in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Communities across Florida and Puerto Rico are safer today because of the hard work of our ERO officers.”