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44 Convicted Criminal Aliens Arrested in CT and MA

HARTFORD, CT (WGGB) –  The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department has arrested 44 convicted criminal aliens in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

 During a four-day targeted enforcement operation in both CT and MA that ended Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested 44 convicted criminal aliens. An additional individual was arrested who had two outstanding arrest warrants in New York and Texas.

Of the 45 arrested, 40 were arrested in Connecticut and five were arrested in Massachusetts.

The effort dubbed ‘Operation Threats Against the Community’ got underway on Feb. 24.  Forty-four of the individuals taken into custody had prior criminal convictions, including 18 aliens who had multiple criminal convictions. Additionally, 24 of those arrested had felony convictions.

The Many of these criminal aliens had prior convictions for serious or violent crimes, such as indecent assault and battery of a child, sexual assault, possessing and selling dangerous drugs, drunken driving and larceny charges.

“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ERO’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Dorothy Herrera-Niles, who oversees ERO throughout New England. “Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ERO officers – along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners – there are fewer criminal aliens in our neighborhoods.”

The 45 arrests took place in 4  Massachusetts communities  including in Holyoke, Longmeadow, Springfield and Pittsfield, and in 18 Connecticut communities including Hartford, Waterbury, and Bridgeport.

Numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the 2 states assisted ERO with these arrests.

Of those arrested, there were 38 men and seven women who are nationals of the following countries: one from Bosnia, two from Brazil, one from Canada, one from Colombia, five from the Dominican Republic, one from El Salvador, one from England, one from Guatemala, one from Guyana, one from Haiti, one from Honduras, 17 from Jamaica, two from Mexico, one from Montserrat, two from Peru, one from the Philippines, three from Poland, one from Portugal, one from Russia and one from Tanzania.

They range in ages from 21 to 57.

Forty-four of the 45 individuals were arrested administratively for being in violation of immigration law, and all are being held in ERO custody pending immigration removal proceedings. The individual with an outstanding warrant for their arrest will be turned over to the New York State Police via the extradition process.

Some of those arrested during this operation include a national of the Dominican Republic who was convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, gaming, smuggling of U.S. currency, knowingly receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

A national of El Salvador who was convicted of assault and battery of a minor and failing to register as a sex offender.

A national of Jamaica who was convicted of carrying a weapon without a permit, risk of injury to a minor, eight counts of the illegal discharge of a firearm and three counts of assault on a police officer.

A national of Haiti who was convicted of assault in the second degree, two convictions for assault in the third degree, sale of illegal narcotics and resisting arrest.

A national of Canada who was convicted of indecent assault and battery of a minor.

A national of Jamaica who was convicted of assault, sale and possession of controlled substances.

“This operation is one of the many tools that ERO uses to effectively reduce crime at the street level in communities throughout New England,” added Herrera-Niles.

In November 2011, ERO Boston conducted a similar enforcement operation that yielded 53 arrests of convicted criminal aliens in Massachusetts.

This enforcement action was spearheaded by ERO’s Criminal Alien Program, which is responsible for locating, arresting and removing at-large criminal aliens. The officers who conducted the operation received substantial assistance from ERO’s Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) located in Williston, VT.

ERO is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that targets serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, such as those charged with or convicted of homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, major drug offenses and threats to national security.

ERO also prioritizes the arrest and removal of those who game the immigration system including immigration fugitives or those criminal aliens who have been previously deported and illegally re-entered the country.


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  • Dave Francis

    In the fighting border state of Arizona where illegal immigration was one of the major voter concerns, the presidential candidates who “drove” the E-Verify issue benefited easily. After last week’s debate, Mitt Romney kept up the momentum and won the prize. Other than Ron Paul, the three have been supporting the national mandatory E-Verify (H.R.2885) through the campaign. But Romney, former Massachusetts Governor in last week’s significant debate made sure the voters knew his statement by emphasizing the strong aspect of the “Legal Workforce Bill” standpoint.

    Currently with people worried about their jobs, it’s not at all astonishing; that exit polling established that Arizona voters were mainly troubled in regards to illegal immigration that had been strongly introduced by Romney, who they recognized as “the mandatory E-Verify candidate.” The poll results should caused every candidate of every party for every office, whether Governor, Mayor or further elected official to consider being the “E-Verify candidate” in their race. While Romney had long been predictable to win Arizona, polling showed his lead was narrowing until last week’s debate performance when promoting federal E-Verify. This has drawn verbal torment from the other side, even though crowing that he would stumble by offering the attributes of this business hiring program.

    But a new national poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research that the Left oriented media to be gibberish. The poll revealed that wide spread majorities of virtually every type of American voter support mandatory E-Verify. It also acknowledged that “the political core” of Independents and Moderates is about as delighted with national E-Verify as Republicans and Conservatives (Tea Party). Reacting to this survey even Democrats and Liberals are not poles apart on this issue.

    When debating last week, the Moderator tried to tempt Romney into a confrontation of how Hispanics and other minorities saw his immigration enforcement for America.

    Instead of being drawn into the harsh classification of Deportations and the border fence, Romney cleverly replied, “the right course for America is to drop these lawsuits against Arizona and other states that are trying to do the job Barack Obama isn’t doing. And I will drop those lawsuits on day one. I’ll also complete the fence. I’ll make sure we have enough border patrol agents to secure the fence.

    And I will make sure we have an E-Verify system and require employers to check the documents of workers, and to check E- Verify. And if an employer hires someone that has not gone through E- Verify, they’re going to get sanctioned just like they do for not paying their taxes. You do that, and just as Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration. It’s time we finally did it.”

    If you really want the facts about the illegal alien occupation, the REAL border fence, Chain Migration, Sanctuary Cities, Deportation, “foothold Babies” the Backdoor Amnesty, the Vendetta by Eric Holders Department of Justice suing Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, South Carolina, Indiana and many other problem that is causing Americas unnecessary pain and anguish, then you need to view the uncensored pages, not suppressed by the Leftist media at (Google) AMERICAN PATROL. For information about the dishonesty, profiting in Washington and the state congressional seats of power, check the web pages of the (Google) JUDICIAL WATCH.

    Go read the statistics that in Arizona, Alabama where they are operating policing laws are leaving and the employment rate for citizens and legal residents is rising considerably. Foreign nationals are packing their stuff and turning up in less oppressive states like California and Nevada, with Liberal legislators.

    We can win this battle if we all start a harassment campaign against Lawmakers, senior officials who are supposed to defend this country. The country is drowning in red ink and illegal immigration has roots in this growing problem. As a nations people we should stand with our fellow workers and demand mandatory E-Verify. This will make businesses accountable for using cheap labor and lowering wages, in the name of filling their pockets with your cash, while the U.S. taxpayer are forced to cover the cost of health care, education and the bloated prison system through the courts unfunded mandates. Contact your Senator or House member and insist they not only sponsor mandatory E-Verify, but also the “Birthright citizenship bill.” Both have their place in stringent enforcement.

  • Take care of Americans first

    Put up concrete wall on Mexican border and if they come over wall shoot them.take care of are citizens first before helping illegals with housing,medical,food.most Americans can not even get these services.something in backwards in this country.

  • M.Flores

    It’s not only Mexicans and other persons from S.America that we should be worried about. in this last raid there were only 2 mexicans and plenty of other people from other countries that were in the united states illegally. most of the time when we hear the word immigrants we think of mexicans. so concrete walls would not help at all.

  • American

    Flores,I was just stating one example.my parents live near border and houses and cars broken into nonstop,people being mugged while walking dogs,sometimes they even find illegals sleeping in there back yards or under porches it is a nightmare for people living on border and that is horrible.

  • Alan Davis

    My largest concern was that such a large manpower force had to be used and all the money it took to do this would have been completely unnecessary if either immediately following conviction or at least following incarceration for their crime, the person was deported with the criminal record back to their own country instead of having been released back into the community here when we already knew they were here illegally.

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