ICE arrests 114 in NY operation targeting fugitives, illegal immigrants

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ICE officials wouldn't say exactly where those arrested were scooped up, or if they were nabbed in home raids, or at city courthouses - a practice blasted by city lawmakers and legal aid groups.

An 11-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers in NY targeting at-large criminal aliens, those who illegally re-entered the country and immigration fugitives led to 114 foreign nationals arrests.

The operation, conducted by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), targeted criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat and individuals who have violated United States immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges. It was unclear how many of those arrested fell into more than one of those categories.

A spokeswoman for the governor said the State Police would continue to cooperate with ICE to the extent allowed under current law by notifying federal authorities of the arrest or impending release of defendants sought by ICE.

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Approximately another dozen of those arrested have been convicted of drug trafficking offenses while several others were in possession of drugs.

Eleven of those arrested face criminal prosecution in federal courts for having re-entered the country after deportation.

"Our nation has a proud history of immigration, but we are also a nation governed by laws specifically created to protect its citizens and residents".

The sweep came amid a promised crackdown by President Trump on undocumented immigrants. "ERO deportation officers are committed to enforcing the immigration laws set forth by our legislators", said Thomas Decker, field office director for ERO New York.

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