Newark, N.J. – In a targeted operation conducted from April 15 to April 26, officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) apprehended 38 illegal aliens with criminal convictions and/or pending criminal charges.

Field Office Director John Tsoukaris emphasized, “Those who enter our country illegally and break our laws should know that we will use the full force of our immigration authority to bring them to justice. These individuals were placed in ERO custody and processed for removal proceedings under the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

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The individuals arrested during the operation include:

  • A 36-year-old citizen of Honduras in Lindenwold who was convicted of felony rape, false imprisonment, sex offense, and perverted practice. This individual had been previously removed from the United States in 2017.
  • A 39-year-old citizen of Mexico arrested in Bridgeton who was convicted of engaging in prostitution and twice convicted of driving under the influence, having been previously removed from the United States in 2012.
  • A 26-year-old citizen of Chile arrested in Jersey City who was convicted of felony burglary-forced entry-residence.
  • A 46-year-old citizen of Colombia arrested in Morristown who was charged with money laundering, promoting gambling, and conspiracy/promoting gambling.
  • A 27-year-old citizen of the Dominican Republic arrested in Pennsauken who was convicted of felony endangering-sexual conduct with a child by non-caretaker.

ERO focuses on the removal of individuals without a lawful basis to remain in the United States, including at the order of immigration judges with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The decisions made by immigration judges are based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal.

ICE’s targeted enforcement efforts are directed toward illegal aliens who have committed crimes and other individuals who have violated the nation’s immigration laws. These efforts are guided by the discretion of ICE officers, who prioritize individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety, or border security. Cases amenable to federal criminal prosecution may be presented to the appropriate U.S. attorney’s office.

In the fiscal year 2023, ERO arrested 73,822 illegal aliens with criminal histories, comprising 290,178 associated charges and convictions, with an average of four per individual. These included 33,209 assaults, 4,390 sex and sexual assaults, 7,520 weapons offenses, 1,713 charges or convictions for homicide, and 1,655 kidnapping offenses. These statistics underscore the significant impact of ICE’s efforts in addressing criminal activities within the noncitizen population.

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