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Wednesday November 23, 2011

Boston Immigration Sweep Nets 53 Convicted Criminal Aliens, Majority from Dominican Republic

Boston Immigration Sweep Nets 53 Convicted Criminal Aliens, Majority from Dominican Republic

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During a four-day targeted enforcement operation in and around Boston that ended Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested 53 convicted criminal aliens.

Operation Threats Against the Community commenced Nov. 18. All 53 taken into custody had prior criminal convictions, including 22 aliens who had multiple criminal convictions. Additionally, 24 of those arrested had felony convictions. Many of the criminal aliens taken into custody had prior convictions for serious or violent crimes, such as assault and battery of a child, sexual assault, possessing and selling dangerous drugs and drunken driving.

“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said Vincent Archibeque, deputy field office director of ICE ERO for New England. “Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ICE officers — along with our state and local law enforcement partners — there are 53 fewer criminal aliens in our neighborhoods in Massachusetts.”

The arrests took place in the following Massachusetts locations: Attleboro, Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Dorchester, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Milford, New Bedford, Peabody, Roxbury, Waltham and Worcester. The Boston, Brockton, Lynn, Fall River, Milford, Worcester police departments; Bristol, Essex, Plymouth County sheriffs’ offices; and ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted more than 70 ERO officers with these arrests.

Of those arrested, there were 42 men and 11 women who are nationals of the following countries: one from Albania, one from Algeria, one from Angola, two from Brazil, one from Canada, eight from Cape Verde, one from Colombia, 11 from the Dominican Republic, one from Ghana, one from Guatemala, four from Haiti, one from Ireland, one from Italy, three from Jamaica, two from Mexico, one from Peru, one from the Philippines, eight from Portugal, three from Trinidad and one from Vietnam. They range in ages from 25 to 61.

All 53 were arrested administratively for being in violation of immigration law, and all are being held in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings.