NEWARK, N.J. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have arrested and processed 32 convicted criminal aliens for removal from the United States during a three-week Criminal Alien Program (CAP) operation that ended late last week. This law enforcement action focused on "at large" criminal aliens residing within the community.
All of the targets arrested in New Jersey had criminal convictions for offenses ranging from manslaughter and robbery to aggravated sexual contact with a minor and possession of cocaine.
Acting Field Office Director of ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations office in Newark, John Tsoukaris stated: "ICE takes a prioritized approach to immigration enforcement, and focuses first on identifying and removing aliens who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety. All the individuals arrested and processed for removal during this surge in New Jersey were in that category."
The following are examples of the convicted criminal aliens arrested by ICE officers and agents during the surge who were placed in removal proceedings:
- A 62 year-old Argentinean male from West New York, NJ wanted by Interpol in Argentina for crimes against children.
- A 39 year-old Hong-Kong male from Edison, NJ convicted of manslaughter and robbery.
- A 26 year-old Mexican male from New Brunswick, NJ convicted of aggravated criminal sexual contact of a minor.
- A 37 year-old Dominican male from Paterson, NJ convicted of endangering the welfare of a child (sexual abuse of a minor).
- A 32 year-old Colombian male from Passaic, NJ convicted of endangering the welfare of a child (sexual abuse of a minor).
- A 28 year-old Guatemalan male from Long Branch, NJ convicted of possession of cocaine, eight convictions for shoplifting/theft and driving under the influence.
All those arrested during the operation are from each of the following16 nations: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Trinidad and Venezuela.