WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A ten day comprehensive effort by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention and removal officers and officers from the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office yielded the identification of 182 foreign-born criminals for deportation.
The operation dubbed "Secure Shores", which is part of ICE's Criminal Alien Program, began on May 5 and culminated Friday. The focus of the program is on identifying criminal aliens who are incarcerated within federal, state and local facilities to ensure that they are placed into removal proceedings so that they are not released into the community upon the completion of their criminal case.
During this operation, ICE officers screened foreign-born nationals detained at the Palm Beach County jail to determine which individuals were eligible for deportation. Among those identified, was Elias Toledo-Nasario, of Mexico who was charged with sexual assault and Roy Kennedy Cunningham who was charged with premeditated murder.
ICE officers placed 157 criminal illegal aliens into deportation proceedings, identified 19 immigration fugitives and six who illegally re-entered after being deported.
"Whether on the street or in jail, foreign-born criminals should know that ICE will track you down and ensure that you don't have another opportunity to hurt our law-abiding citizens, said Michael Rozos, ICE field office director for the Office of Detention and Removal in Florida. "We were glad to team up with PBSO in this great effort."
Last year under CAP, ICE charged a record 164,000 aliens in law enforcement custody with immigration violations and deported approximately 95,000 aliens with criminal histories. ICE estimates that approximately 300,000 to 450,000 convicted criminal aliens who are removable are detained each year at federal, state and local prisons and jails.