U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 105 people in New Jersey and 58 in the greater Boston area earlier this month for a variety of criminal and public safety threats. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) department organized and directed the five-day operation that targeted illegal re-entrants and individuals accused of crimes, but included lesser immigration violators as well. Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s New Jersey field office supported the operation as well.

In New Jersey, four individuals in the United States without authorization who have Interpol warrants based on crimes they committed in their home countries were among the 105 foreign nationals taken into custody during a five-day operation in New Jersey (and including two individuals arrested in New York).

Of those arrested, 80 percent had prior criminal convictions and/or pending criminal charges, ICE said. ICE said these individuals range from age 18 to 65 years old and most were previously convicted of a variety of offenses.

Officers from ICE’s ERO Boston arrested 58 people in enforcement activities during a five-day period, ending December 4, 2018, in the New England region. Of the 58 individuals arrested by ICE’s ERO for violating U.S. immigration laws:

  • 30 had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses;
  • 33 had criminal charges pending;
  • 15 individuals were previously released from local law enforcement custody, correctional facilities, and/or court custody with an active detainer;
  • 9 were referred for criminal prosecution to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the jurisdiction; one was referred to the U.S. Marshals for failure to register as a sex offender as required by federal law;
  • 9 of those arrested had been previously removed from the United States and returned without authorization; and
  • 4 had active Interpol Red Notices.

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