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Jamaican among 41 arrested in US 'targeted enforcement operations'

Published:Tuesday | February 14, 2017 | 2:27 AM
In this February 7 photo released by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows foreign nationals being arrested this week during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by US ICE aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles.

A series of immigration-related operations last week in New York City in which at least one Jamaican was picked up is causing unease among some Jamaicans in the United States.

The identity of the Jamaican citizen has not been released.

However, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) says the Jamaican was convicted for first degree assault of an 11-year-old child.

ICE says a total of 41 persons were arrested across New York City in the past week in what it describes as targeted enforcement operations aimed at immigration fugitives, criminal aliens and persons who illegally re-enter the US.

The agency sought to downplay reports that the operations were part of a crackdown ordered by US President Donald Trump, saying its agents do not carry out raids that indiscriminately target aliens.

Speaking to The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre last evening, Managing Director of the New York-based Caribbean Immigration Service, Irwin Clare said there was no indication whether any other Jamaican had been arrested by ICE.

However, Clare says the operations by ICE agents have caused heightened concerns in largely Jamaican and Caribbean communities.

 

Managing Director of Caribbean Immigration Services Irwin Clare