Late last year when Attorney General Grewal released his sanctuary rules ICE responded with a threat of more immigration raids in New Jersey. A representative of the ICE office in Newark told NBC News at the time that ICE raids will “likely increase” as a result of the directive. “The probability is that at-large arrests and worksite enforcement operations, which already exist, will likely increase due to the fact that ICE will no longer have cooperation related to immigration enforcement,” ICE spokesman Emilio Dabul added “the highest priority is public safety and enforcing immigration laws, we must pursue that to the best extent possible, which will likely involve more at-large arrests and worksite enforcement operations.” That appears to be exactly what’s happening as ICE recently announced it had arrested 123 immigrants during a month long operation in New Jersey.
According to a release from ICE 90% of those arrested during the operation had previous criminal convictions or pending criminal charges. ICE stated the operation focused on people with criminal records, illegal re-entrants and others with immigration violations. he arrests took place in Camden, Burlington, Cumberland, Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union Counties.
“The remarkable results of our officers and law enforcement partners highlight ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said John Tsoukaris, Field Office Director of ERO Newark. “This operation focuses on the arrest of individuals convicted of serious crimes and are a threat to public safety. Because of the targeted efforts of these professional and dedicated officers, there are 123 fewer criminals in our communities.” Those arrsted 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 United States.
This is after ICE arrested 105 immigrants in 16 New Jersey counties in a 5 day operation in December. According to ICE about 80% of those arrested in the December operation had prior criminal convictions. Several of them were wanted by Interpol for crimes in their home countries. Some of those arrested had reentered the U.S. illegally after being deported and several were members of gangs including MS-13. At the time John Tsoukaris said “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. 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”.
Thank you to ICE for protecting the people of New Jersey as Murphy and Grewal have prevented New Jersey law enforcement from doing so. Grewal’s Immigrant Trust Directive greatly restricted law enforcement’s cooperation with ICE. At the time we were told that the new sanctuary rules would not provide protection to criminals. The results of ICE’s two latest New Jersey operation show that is untrue.
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