NEW YORK — A Jamaican national with pending felony charges was arrested June 16 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers.
Najee Antonio Clarke, a citizen and national of Jamaica, entered the United States on June 17, 2010, at John F. Kennedy Airport, Queens, NY as a B-2 visitor for pleasure and was authorized to remain until Dec. 16, 2010, but failed to leave upon expiration of the waiver. He has current charges pending in New York and was released from ICE custody with an active detainer.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department (MTAPD) arrested Clarke May 6. Clarke was identified as a non-immigrant overstay by ERO deportation officers on May 7, and a detainer was lodged against Clarke with the Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Clarke was subsequently released on bail and the detainer was not honored.
Clarke was arrested June 16 outside the Queens County courthouse and is currently in ICE custody.
In fiscal year (FY) 2016, ICE removed or returned 240,255 individuals. Of this total, 174,923 were apprehended while, or shortly after, attempting to illegally enter the United States. The remaining 65,332 were apprehended in the interior of the United States, and the vast majority were convicted criminals.