ICE: 118 Arrested in New York For Violating U.S. Immigration Laws
A number of people living in the Hudson Valley were among the 118 New Yorker's arrested for allegedly violating immigration laws.
During a 5-day period, from January 14-18th, officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 118 from the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island.
All of the 118 were arrested by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations for violating U.S. immigration laws, officials say.
“The success of this operation is a direct result of the full commitment of the dedicated men and women of ICE.” Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ERO New York, said in a press release. "In spite of the significant obstacles that ICE faces due to the dangerous policies created by local jurisdictions, which hinders the cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement, ICE 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.”
According to ICE, over 107 were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending, more than 55 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally. Several had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.
The names or locations of those arrested weren't released, but in the Hudson Valley arrests were made in Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties, according to ICE.