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March 20, 2023New York, NY, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO New York City arrests 27 criminal noncitizens during nationwide operation

Offenses include felony rape, sex abuse and criminal in possession of a firearm

NEW YORK - Officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New York City apprehended 27 removable noncitizens during a nationwide enforcement effort between March 4 and March 13.

This operation was implemented to address removable noncitizens identified as having been convicted of attempted murder, murder-second degree, domestic violence, rape by force, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, burglary, unlawful possession or use of a firearm, drug distribution or trafficking, or driving under the influence who had been released from incarceration on parole or placed on probation into communities under supervision. Noncitizens will remain in custody pending removal proceedings.

“ERO New York City deportation officers are committed to enforcing our nation’s immigration laws against violent criminals, sex offenders and other noncitizens who pose a threat to public safety,” said ERO New York City Field Office Director Kenneth Genalo. “The professionalism and dedication of our officers on this operation should be commended. Their tireless dedication to community safety protects New York residents from those who seek to do harm.”

Those arrested include:

  • A 26-year-old citizen of Jamaica in Queens, convicted by the Kings County Supreme Court of felony sex abuse in the first-degree: victim under 13, in November 2022.
  • A 50-year-old citizen of El Salvador in Cambria Heights, convicted by the Queens County Supreme Court in Kew Gardens of felony sexual abuse — first-degree: sexual contact with individual less than 11 years old, in May 2022.
  • A 44-year-old citizen of Mexico in Staten Island, convicted by the Richmond County Supreme Court of felony course of sexual conduct against a child — second-degree: two or more acts/child less than 11 years old, in December 2022.
  • A 21-year-old citizen of El Salvador in Centerport, convicted by the Nassau County Court in Garden City, of felony rape in the third degree: victim did not consent — factor other than incapacity, in December 2022.
  • A 27-year-old citizen of Jamaica in Brooklyn, convicted by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Kings County of felony criminal possession of a firearm, in July 2022.
  • A 40-year-old citizen of Ecuador in Maybrook, convicted by the Orange County Court in Goshen, of felony DWI, in June 2022.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targets and arrests noncitizens who have committed crimes and other individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws. ERO officers, informed by their experience and training, use their discretion inherent as law enforcement officials to focus enforcement resources on people who threaten the homeland. The effort includes noncitizens with a final order of removal. Cases amenable to federal criminal prosecution may be presented to the appropriate U.S. attorney’s office.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories. This group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions, including 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

Members of the public can report crimes and suspicious activity by dialing 866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form. Learn more about ERO New York City’s mission to increase public safety in your community on Twitter @ERONewYork.

Updated: 03/20/2023