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May 11, 2016Philadelphia, PA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE arrests 84 in PA, DE, WV during operation targeting criminal aliens

PHILADELPHIA — Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)  arrested 84 individuals during a weeklong operation that concluded May 7 targeting criminal aliens and other immigration violators.

This enforcement operation, which concluded Saturday, is the latest effort by ICE to prioritize the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and other enforcement priorities living illegally in the United States.

All of those arrested have been convicted of crimes in the United States, or otherwise fall within ICE’s enforcement priorities for deportation.  Convictions include the following crimes: corruption of a minor, child pornography offenses, indecent assault, robbery, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, DUI, cocaine and heroin possession, felony fraud, among other crimes.

Following are criminal summaries of four aliens arrested during this operation:

  • A 30-year-old Indian national with prior convictions for corruption of minors. He was arrested in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge.
  • A 39-year-old Jamaican national with prior convictions for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. He was arrested May 6 at Philadelphia residence after being released from local custody and remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge.
  • A 47-year-old Argentinian national with prior convictions for child pornography. He was arrested in Philadelphia and remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge.
  • A 37-year-old Guatemalan national with prior convictions for corruption of a minor and indecent assault and is a registered sex offender. He was arrested in Philadelphia and remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge.
"ICE’s targeted immigration-enforcement operations prioritize arresting convicted criminals and public-safety threats," said Thomas Decker, field office director for ERO Philadelphia. "By focusing our resources on these most egregious offenders, we immediately improve public safety in our communities.”

Those arrested are nationals of the following countries: Mexico, Uruguay, Kenya, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Liberia, Honduras, Brazil, Ghana, India, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Bosnia and Germany.

Arrests were made in throughout the region in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia.

All of the targets in this operation met the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) are immigration enforcement priorities as established in DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson's 2014 memorandum. Priority 1 targets include threats to national security, criminal street gang members, convicted felons, and aggravated felons. Priority 2 targets include convictions for three or more misdemeanors or convictions for significant misdemeanors, including DUIs.

Secretary Johnson has directed ICE to prioritize the use of enforcement personnel, detention space, and removal assets to support the Department's civil immigration enforcement priorities. ICE continues to work with local law enforcement partners to uphold public safety, while taking dangerous criminals out of our communities.

In fiscal year 2015, ICE conducted 235,413 removals nationwide. Ninety-one percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.

ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that targets serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, such as those charged with or convicted of homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, major drug offenses and threats to national security.