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ICE Five-Day NYC-Area Enforcement Crackdown Includes Arrests In Westchester

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's ICE Enforcement.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's ICE Enforcement. Photo Credit: Department of Homeland Security

Individuals from four Hudson Valley counties were among 118 people from southern New York arrested for violating U.S. immigration laws during a five-day crackdown in mid-January by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The detail, called "Operation Cross Check,"  was conducted in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley from Jan. 14-18.

Persons in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland were among those arrested. ICE did not release a breakdown of the number of arrests by region.

Of those arrested, more than 107 were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending, more than 55 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally, ICE said.

Several had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.

Eight individuals arrested during this operation were criminally charged in U.S. District Court for illegal re-entry after deportation, and remanded to U.S. Marshal Service, pending trial. The arrestees who are not being federally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States. 

Those arrested included nationals from: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Trinidad and Venezuela. 

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