The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 37 illegal aliens in Newark, New Jersey, during its latest five-day raid that ended last week, with about four out of five being criminal aliens – thanks mostly to the fact that the sanctuary city’s law enforcement lets them out of jail after refusing to honor ICE detainers.
This was the third Garden State sting in the last few months, with ICE taking a total of 187 illegals off the streets – about 80 percent of them turned out having criminal records.
Intercepting crime infiltrating the U.S.
ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Feild Office conducted its ongoing safety effort to reduce criminal activity on the streets of the sanctuary city.
“The operation targeted criminal aliens who were previously incarcerated at the Middlesex County Jail (MCJ), and who were subsequently released to the community by MCJ – without honoring the ICE detainer or advising ICE of their release,” ICE explained in its news release Monday. “The operation also targeted other criminal aliens residing in Middlesex County.”
The beleaguered federal agents being blamed by Democrats in the news for separating detained illegal alien children from their border-hopping parents find themselves doing damage control in Middlesex County, where police refuse to cooperate with ICE.
“Immigration and Customs Enforcement – an agency many Democrats want to abolish – [reported that] the overwhelming majority have serious criminal records [who were] released into the community by local law enforcement without notice to federal immigration officials,” Townhall reported. “Newark is a ‘sanctuary city.’"
When ICE ERO Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris caught 60 illegals in April on immigrant violations – including 20 who were issued a final order and failed to depart the U.S. – he vented how he was fed up with ultra-left politicians pressing law enforcement agencies to not enforce immigration laws and not detain criminal aliens upon ICE’s orders.
"We will continue to devote the full efforts of our agency to protecting citizens and enforcing federal immigration law despite challenges being pursued by politically motivated individuals," Tsoukaris stressed, according to NJ.com.
Wide assortment of criminal aliens
A great majority of those taken into custody last week were repeat offenders – criminals who continually run up a tab for taxpayers to take them off the streets, imprison and/or deport – and a negligent law enforcement department is mostly to blame.
“Of those arrested, 16 subjects had been previously released by MCJ without honoring the ICE detainer, and 78 percent had prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges,” ICE divulged.
Acting ERO Newark Field Office Director Ruben Perez says that unlike many municipalities across the country that refuse to cooperate with ICE and detain arrested illegals – such as Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland – his office is committed to clean up crime in New Jersey streets.
“ERO New Jersey will continue to enforce ICE’s commitment to public safety,” Perez stated in the release. “Middlesex county – which aspires to be a ‘sanctuary county’ by protecting criminal aliens in the process – assists criminals in undermining federal law and creates a dangerous environment in the community. It also overburdens local law enforcement. ICE will continue to execute its mission in such communities.”
The last raid yielded dozens of criminal illegal aliens who committed more than a dozen different crimes, and they were from more than a dozen different countries.
“The individuals arrested as part of the operation were nationals of Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru and Turkey,” the ICE report announced. “These individuals range from 21 to 68 years old and all were previously arrested or convicted of a variety of offenses. Some of the arrests and convictions included: aggravated criminal sexual contact, aggravated assault, DUI, hindering apprehension, endangering the welfare of a child, battery, theft, burglary, possession of a weapon, forgery, domestic violence assault, disorderly conduct and illegal entry.”
Previous criminal catch of the month
Last month, ICE arrested 91 illegals in another five-day New Jersey raid, which included several MS-13 gang members.
“Of those arrested during the operation, which was spearheaded by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), 77 percent were convicted criminals and 70 percent of them had prior felony convictions,” ICE notified in its June news release. “These individuals will go through removal proceedings before an immigration judge or for those under a final order of removal, arrangements will be made to remove them from the U.S.”
The larger June catch nabbed illegals from 28 different countries who were apprehended in more than a dozen different New Jersey counties – not to mention a couple of illegal criminals from two neighboring states.