ICE just deployed a classic Trump move!
First a little background…
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal recently issued rules preventing jails from holding inmates indefinitely for ICE as well as prohibiting police from asking about immigration status unless it’s relevant to a particular investigation.
In short, he was making a move to limit the effectiveness of ICE.
Here was his Tweet:
Instead of backing down, ICE channeled Donald Trump and decided to hit back twice as hard, doubling its efforts!
Way to go fellas (and ladies)!
The increased efforts lead to 105 arrests.
Here's more, from IJR:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) vowed to increase its arrests after New Jersey’s attorney general issued new rules limiting immigration enforcement in the state.
“The New Jersey attorney general’s decision to further limit law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with ICE undermines public safety and hinders ICE from performing its federally mandated mission,” Matthew Albence, deputy director of ICE, said, according to NJ1015.com.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued rules preventing jails from holding inmates indefinitely for ICE as well as prohibiting police from asking about immigration status unless it’s relevant to a particular investigation.
It further restricted ICE’s access to state and local resources, blocked ICE from interviewing a suspected criminal unless they were advised of their right to a lawyer, and refused cooperation with ICE’s immigration enforcement operations.
“We’re telling our friends and our neighbors who have been living in fear: You can trust state law enforcement. You can trust state prosecutors here in New Jersey,” Gurbir said.
Rather than backing down, ICE responded by saying it would conduct additional at-large arrests given that New Jersey left it with no other choice.
“Ultimately, this directive shields certain criminal aliens, creating a state-sanctioned haven for those seeking to evade federal authorities,” Albence said, “all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people the NJ attorney general is charged with protecting.”
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The Washington Examiner had more:
Foreign nationals from 24 countries — including four people with Interpol warrants for their arrests — were among the 105 arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a five-day sweep.
The agency announced the arrests Friday in a news release.
“Our focus has been and will continue to be on arrests of illegal aliens who have been convicted of serious crimes or those who pose a threat to public safety,” said John Tsoukaris, director of the Newark field office.
The people arrested ranged in age from 18 to 65 years old. The agency said more than 80 percent had either prior convictions or pending charges for a variety of crimes, including sexual assault on a minor, child abuse, possession of narcotics, distribution of narcotics, extortion, DUI, fraud, domestic violence, theft, possession of a weapon, robbery, promoting prostitution, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, shoplifting, and illegal re-entry.
The agency said the pre-planned sweep targeted criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and other immigration violators.
Those arrested who are not already facing deportation will go before an immigration judge for removal proceedings.
Here is the full Press Release from ICE.gov:
Four individuals in the country illegally who have Interpol warrants based on crimes they committed in their home countries were among 105 foreign nationals taken into custody during a five-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week in New Jersey. The operation, which was spearheaded by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), targeted at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and other immigration violators and was supported by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) New Jersey Field Office.
Of those arrested during the operation, 80 percent had prior criminal convictions and/or pending criminal charges.“These outstanding results, which were made possible by our officers and law enforcement partners, highlight the tremendous commitment that ICE ERO has to public safety throughout the state,” said John Tsoukaris, Field Office Director of ERO Newark. “Our focus has been and will continue to be on arrests of illegal aliens who have been convicted of serious crimes or those who pose a threat to public safety.”
These individuals will go through removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge or for those under a final order of removal, arrangements will be made to remove them from the U.S.
The individuals arrested throughout New Jersey were nationals of Brazil (6), Canada (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Cuba (2), Dominican Republic (10), Ecuador (4), Egypt (1), El Salvador (8), Guatemala (13), Honduras (7), Jamaica (4), Korea (2), Mexico (28), Peru (4), Philippines (1), Poland (1), Russia (1), Serbia (1), Slovakia (2), Spain (1), Taiwan (1), Trinidad (1), and Venezuela (4).
These individuals were arrested in the following counties in New Jersey: Atlantic (1), Bergen (4), Burlington (1), Camden (1), Essex (6), Gloucester (2), Hudson (24), Hunterdon (1), Mercer (12), Middlesex (10), Monmouth (14), Morris (3), Ocean (2), Passaic (11), Somerset (1), and Union (10). Also, two (2) individuals were arrested in New York. They range from age 18 to 65 years old and most were previously convicted of a variety of offenses. Some of the convictions included sexual assault on a minor, child abuse, possession of narcotics, distribution of narcotics, extortion, DUI, fraud, domestic violence, theft, possession of a weapon, robbery, promoting prostitution, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, shoplifting and illegal reentry.
Among those arrested during this operation include:
- In Palisades Park, a 59-year-old Korean national, who has an Interpol warrant to serve his sentence for the crime of indecent acts by compulsion causing bodily injury;
- In Palisades Park, a 44-year-old Korean national, who has an Interpol warrant to serve his sentence for the crime of distribution of psychotropic drugs;
- In West New York, a 34-year-old Ecuadorian national, who has an Interpol warrant for the crime of fraud;
- In Paterson, a 54-year-old Russian national, who has an Interpol warrant for the crime of large scale fraud;
- In Union City, a 35-year-old Ecuadorian national, who has a conviction of forcible touching on a child;
- In Jersey City, a 35-year-old Venezuelan national, who has a conviction of distribution of narcotics;
- In Union City, a 52-year-old Mexican national, who has a conviction of promoting prostitution with a child.
- In New Brunswick, a 34-year-old Honduran national, who has a conviction of Endangering the Welfare of a Child;
- In Bayonne, a 43-year-old Canadian national, who has a conviction of distribution of narcotics on school grounds;
- In Jamesburg, a 25-year-old previously deported Guatemalan national, who was arrested for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon. An ICE detainer was lodged with Middlesex County Jail but they refused to honor the ICE detainer and released the subject;
- In Toms River, a 28-year-old Egyptian national, who has three convictions for possession and distribution of narcotics;
- In Jersey City, a 41-year-old Taiwanese national, who has convictions for extortion and bank fraud;
- In Atlantic City, a 38-year-old Cuban national, who has a conviction for aggravated criminal sexual contact;
- In New Brunswick, a 48-year-old Jamaican national, who has convictions for conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a weapon;
- In Freehold a 28-year-old El Salvadorian national, who is a member of MS-13;
- In New Brunswick, a 19-year-old Mexican national, who is a member of the 18th street gang;
- In Newark, a 31-year-old Mexican national, who is a member of the Surenos-13th street gang;
This operation was pre-planned and not as a result of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Directive last week limiting local and state law enforcement cooperation with ICE. ICE will of necessity have to conduct additional enforcement operations, if local police departments and county jails do not refer criminals and gang members they encounter to ICE for review and possible arrest on immigration violations.
ICE deportation officers conduct targeted enforcement operations every day in locations around the country as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls. During targeted enforcement operations, ICE officers frequently encounter additional suspects who may be in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. Those persons will be evaluated on a case by case basis and, when appropriate, arrested by ICE.
Editor’s Note: The arrest statistics provided in this news release represent preliminary data that has been manually reported by an ICE Field Office and may vary from official agency metrics contained in ICE’s system of record. Because ICE’s official metrics are reported by Area of Responsibility (AOR), they may differ in content and level of detail from data that has been manually reported by a Field Office.