U.S Immigration officers nab Caribbean nationals in immigration sweep


The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have arrested a number of Caribbean nationals among 271 immigrants as part of an enforcement action targeting immigration violators and those who the agency says pose a threat to public safety.

On Wednesday, ICE said that the enforcement action ran from March 18 – 22. ERO officers made the arrests across the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (USVI).
Those arrested represented 36 countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Anguilla, Bahamas, Bosnia, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Chile, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Jamaica, Kuwait, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Of those arrested by ICE during the enforcement action, 99 had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as 1st degree murder, attempted murder, vehicular manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, attempted robbery, battery, burglary, child neglect, cruelty toward a child, domestic violence, drugs charges such as possession and trafficking, weapons offenses and abuse of the elderly.

ICE said additional convictions included driving under the influence, fraud, harboring immigrants, illegal entry and re-entry to the United States, resisting an officer, traffic offenses, trespassing and workman’s compensation fraud.

As part of the action, ICE said ERO officers apprehended 49 ICE fugitives and 39 individuals who were previously removed from the US, as well as two known gang members and one individual with an Interpol Red Notice.

“ICE continues our commitment to making our communities safer by removing threats to our public safety,” said Marc J. Moore, field office director for the ERO Miami Field Office, which oversees all of Florida, Puerto Rico and the USVI.

“Communities across Florida and Puerto Rico are safer today because of the hard work of the men and women of ERO.”

During the operation, ERO was supported by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), US Customs and Border Protection and other US federal and local law enforcement agencies, including the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service.

ICE said arrests took place in 23 Florida counties, including 76 in Miami Dade, 65 in Broward, 27 in Duval, 17 in Palm Beach, 14 in Hillsborough, 10 in Orange, seven in Seminole, five in Manatee, five in Lee, four in Pinellas, four in Brevard, three in Polk, three in Indian River, two in Volusia, two in Bay, two in Martin, one in Escambia, one in Gadsden, one in Lake, one in Osceola, one in Sarasota, one in St. Lucie, one in Suwannee, 11 in Puerto Rico, and seven in the USVI.

On March 19, ICE said ERO officers arrested a Cuban citizen in Miami Dade, who, in 2014, was convicted of attempted murder.

“The subject is currently pending a removal hearing by an immigration judge,” ICE said.
A day later, ICE said ERO officers from the Tampa office arrested a Haitian national and Bloods gang member in New York.
ICE said the Haitian national has multiple criminal convictions, including: burglary, patronized prostitution, possession of marijuana, meth and cocaine, criminal possession of a weapon and rape in the first degree.
The Haitian national was designated as a registered sex offender for life and served five years in prison for rape.

It said arrested individuals who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the US.
The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge or pending travel arrangements for removal.

ICE said all the targeted individuals in this operation were “amenable to arrest and removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

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  1. They have every right to enforce their immigration policies. 99/271 were criminals, many were murderers.

  2. Lol i was betting that jamaican have to be in that crew of arrest lol them people name alway in something lol

      • The drugs was planted in the equipment bag and the coach was asked to check the bag in. The coach is clean. I do hope the government of Antigua hearing how them Jamaican talking to get them out and leave Barbuda people alone.

  3. We seriously need to do the same in Antigua and Barbuda. Clean up our island. Leave our brother’s and sisters of Barbuda who are not a threato us. Deal with Those who come here and want to take over our country.

  4. Dont they have Criminals in every single place? I am Antiguan,but you,ll need to stop judging. Criminals& Scamps are not isolated to any one place..America has more criminals& Psychos than anyplace else on planet Earth.. I am sure these rapists etc served their time for the crimes they committed. Trump is just a racist Orange headed A-hole. That’s all.

  5. D criminal don’t carry country on there head .u just have a Jamaican problem look how much Antiguan break the law in other countries.and u sit there washing out your mouth on jamaican.take the beam out of your eyes.even if some one put it there your football coach is in problem in jamaica.d get real and make concious contribution to the discussion.

  6. You Jamaicans are a bunch of thieves scam artist con artist hookers are you call us small island but you all not keeping out. Go back to are you coffee and bauxite and big island

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