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Eight J'cans among 114 people arrested in NY immigration crackdown

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 7:03 PM

Eight Jamaicans are among 114 foreigners arrested by members of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency during an 11-day operation in New York.

The operation targeted criminal immigrants, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives.

Among those arrested yesterday was one person from Barbados, 15 from the Dominican Republic, one from Grenada, five from Haiti, and three from Trinidad and Tobago.

ICE said 82 had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offences and fraud.

The agency said 15 have pending criminal charges, including assault, larceny and sexual exploitation of a minor; and 37 individuals have final orders of removal.

Others taken into custody during the operation included an unidentified Jamaican arrested in Queens, New York with a prior conviction of forcible touching, robbery in the first degree and acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 years old.