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​Jamaican man on felony charges detained in US

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 3:43 PM

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says it has arrested a Jamaican man on what it calls an active detainer.

An immigration detainer is a tool used by ICE and other US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials when they identify potentially deportable individuals who are held in jails or prisons in the US.

On Monday, ICE said the Jamaican national, identified as Najee Antonio Clarke, had pending felony charges against him when he was arrested on June 16.

ICE said Clarke entered the US on June 17, 2010, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York as a B-2 visitor for pleasure and was authorised to remain until December 16, 2010, but failed to leave upon expiration of the waiver.

Clarke remains in custody pending his trial on the felony charges.