CMC – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have apprehended Caribbean nationals among 220 removable noncitizens during a nationwide enforcement effort.
On Friday, ICE said that nationals from Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago were arrested in the immigration sweep between March 4 and March 13.
ICE said those arrested included a 20-year-old citizen of Cuba in Miami, convicted in July 2022 by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Miami of felony murder in the second-degree/deadly weapon/aggravated battery attempt.
A 40-year-old citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, who lived in Teaneck, New Jersey, was also arrested.
The Trinidadian was convicted in November 2022 by the US District Court in the Southern District of New York of felony conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, felony narcotics-sell/distribute/dispense, ICE said.
The immigration enforcement agency said it “targets and arrests noncitizens who have committed crimes and other individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws.
“Cases amenable to federal criminal prosecution may be presented to the appropriate US attorney’s office,” it added.
In the fiscal year 2022, ICE said ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories.
ICE said this group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions, including 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.