I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….THANK YOU to the wonderful folks at ICE for doing such a terrific job.
It’s not easy.
The worst of the worst part of The Swamp is the human traffickers, and President Trump has done more than anyone to crack down.
The effort continues, and today was another BIG win!
From the official ICE website:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 39 fugitives – 30 males and nine females – sought for their roles in known or suspected human rights violations during a nationwide operation that took place from Aug. 27 to 29.
The ICE National Fugitive Operations Program in coordination with the ICE Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center, and the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, worked with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal (ERO) Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Newark, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco field offices to arrest these fugitives.
The foreign nationals arrested during this operation all have outstanding removal orders and are subject to repatriation to their countries of origin. Of the 39 known or suspected human rights violators arrested during Operation No Safe Haven V, 16 individuals are also criminal aliens in the U.S. with convictions for crimes including, but not limited to, domestic violence, driving under the influence of liquor, drug distribution, firearm possession, grand theft, reckless endangerment, robbery, fraud and theft. Their countries of origin include: El Salvador, Guatemala, China, Liberia, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, and Sudan. This operation more than doubled the number of known or suspected human rights violators arrested during the first nationwide No Safe Haven operation, which took place in September 2014.
“ICE will not allow war criminals and human rights abusers to use the U.S. as a safe haven,” said Acting Director Matthew Albence. “We will never stop looking for them and we will never cease seeking justice for the victims of their crimes.”
Those arrested across the country included:
- Fourteen individuals from Central America implicated in numerous human rights violations against civilians, to include the capture, arrest and/or transport of civilians who were subsequently mistreated, and in some cases, beaten, electrocuted, and killed;
- Four known or suspected human rights violators from China, complicit in collaborating with the government to assist in forced abortions and sterilizations against victims;
- Four individuals from West Africa connected to a range of atrocities, including civilian massacres, mutilations, recruitment of child soldiers, extrajudicial killings, and other human rights violations.
- An individual from Europe implicated in human rights abuses against political opponents through work with a security agency.
ICE Case Files: How Operation No Safe Haven started
The first No Safe Haven operation took place in 2014, with the purpose of finding, arresting, prosecuting and removing human rights violators.
In September 2014, ICE arrested 19 fugitives for their roles in known or suspected human rights violations in multiple cities across the United States. The crimes perpetrated displayed a lack of regard for human life, including murder and war crimes.
Operation No Safe Haven was born.
Three components of ICE worked in tandem to make it happen: Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) National Fugitive Operations Program, the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor Human Rights Law Section and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit.
"ICE’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center and the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor [...] decided to do a comprehensive operation, instead of working cases individually"
David Collado, the national program manager for the Transnational Law Enforcement Operations Unit in ERO, believes the first-of-its-kind operation for ICE provided a way for the agency to comprehensively target human rights violators.
“Initially, ICE’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center and the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor were discussing a better way to target human rights violators illegally present in the United States,” said Collado. “They brought us in and decided to do a comprehensive operation, instead of working cases individually.”
The skillsets of ERO deportation officers, HSI special agents and ICE attorneys proved equally paramount to the success of Operation No Safe Haven. Each component’s work depended on the other.
“We worked with ERO to identify potential fugitives who were human rights violators,” said Mark Shaffer, unit chief, Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center, HSI. “ERO’s fugitive operations groups did the legwork to identify target locations and then developed operational plans to locate and arrest them; those duties fell squarely within their purview. HSI agents are encouraged to fully participate in these operations in partnership with ERO and pursue independent investigations should additional criminal violations be identified.”
The operation yielded a case showcasing the nexus between a fugitive with persecutory indicia, an administrative removal order, and criminal charges. ICE arrested a fugitive from Central America; a target with a military and munitions background. During a search with consent, ICE uncovered a large cache of illegal weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Later indicted, the subject was ultimately convicted and removed from the U.S.
By working together, and with a proactive focus, ERO and the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center looked for ways to collect intelligence and seek out human rights violators currently at large in the United States. The team researched some 4,000 cases, and with the help of the ICE National Criminal Analysis and Targeting Center in Williston, Vermont, completed criminal and intelligence analysis from a variety of sources and prepared specific targets for Operation No Safe Haven.
Operation No Safe Haven IV (2018)
ICE arrests 33 with history of human rights violation across the US during Operation No Safe Haven IV
WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 33 fugitives sought for their roles in known or suspected human rights violations during a nationwide operation this week.
During the three-day operation that concluded Wednesday, the ICE National Fugitive Operations Program in coordination with the ICE Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center and the ICE National Criminal Analysis and Targeting Center (NCATC), arrested these fugitives via the ICE field offices of Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; New York City; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Seattle; San Francisco; and St. Paul, Minnesota.
The foreign nationals arrested during this operation all have outstanding removal orders and are subject to repatriation to their countries of origin. Of the 33 known or suspected human rights violators arrested during Operation No Safe Haven IV, eight individuals are also criminal aliens with convictions for crimes including, but not limited to battery, weapons offenses, driving while intoxicated, and resisting arrest. This operation surpassed the number of known or suspected human rights violators arrested during the first nationwide No Safe Haven operation, which took place in September 2014.
“This operation continues ICE’s work to ensure that the United States does not serve as a safe haven for those who commit human rights violations in their countries of origin,” said Thomas D. Homan, Deputy Director of ICE. “We will continue to pursue these individuals as priorities for enforcement— using our agency’s unique authorities to investigate criminal activity and to enforce immigration laws.”
Those arrested across the country included:
- Four Chinese individuals—some of whom were hospital employees—who assisted in or directly conducted forced abortions and sterilizations upon victims in China;
- A former intelligence officer who surveilled and arrested dozens of targets subsequently tortured in Central America;
- A soldier in Central America who guided the military to a specific village for the purpose of killing its residents;
- A ranking intelligence officer from the Middle East whose surveillance information led to the arrest, torture, and murder of those his unit targeted;
- A group leader in East Africa who used violence to force victims into Female Genital Mutilation.
The NCATC provided critical investigative support for this operation, including criminal and intelligence analysis from a variety of sources. The NCATC provides comprehensive analytical support to aid the at-large enforcement efforts of all ICE components.