PHILADELPHIA, United States, May 12, 2016 – Officers from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 84 people, including at least one Jamaican, during a weeklong operation targeting criminal immigrants and other immigration violators.
All of those arrested have been convicted of crimes in the United States – including 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 – or otherwise fall within ICE’s enforcement priorities for deportation.
Although ICE did not say how many Jamaicans were among the group arrested, it did specifically state that one was a 39-year-old from that Caribbean island with prior convictions for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.
He was arrested at a Philadelphia residence after being released from local custody, 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 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.