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The ICE operation occurred from May 19-23rd, in New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley.

During the effort, which focused on persons ordered removed from the United States with criminal convictions or pending charges; deportation officers arrested 31 individuals for violating U.S. immigration laws. Of those arrested, more than 26 were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending, more than 29 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States.

Some of the individuals arrested during these enforcement actions may face federal criminal prosecution for illegal re-entry after removal. The arrestees who are not being federally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States.

Those who have outstanding orders of removal, or who returned to the United States illegally after being removed, are generally subject to immediate removal from the country. Two individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge. 

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Thomas R. Decker, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations New York says:

“ICE officers conduct targeted enforcement actions daily, and like in this initiative, we arrest criminal aliens who are public safety threats in the communities. With the misinformation and misrepresentation about ICE, we continue to focus on the truth of our priority, which is to target and arrest criminal aliens to remove them off the streets in the interest of public safety.”

The arrestees include nationals from: China, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, St. Kitts, and Ukraine.