Jamaican National Among 156 Criminals, Immigration Violators Nabbed in US


CHICAGO – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says it has arrested a Jamaican national among 156 criminals and immigration violators during a six-day enforcement action.

ICE said besides the unidentified Jamaican national, those arrested during the operation, dubbed “Operation Keep Safe,” were from Mexico, Guatemala, Poland, El Salvador, Honduras, Philippines, Ecuador, Jordan, Lithuania and New Zealand.

It said during the operation, officers with its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) made arrests in 37 communities and that of the 156 arrested, 74 had criminal convictions. ICE said 147 men and nine women were arrested, ranging from 19 to 64 years old.

ICE said most of the immigrants arrested had prior criminal histories that included convictions for battery, commercial sex, criminal trespass, dangerous drugs, domestic violence, driving under influence, drug trafficking, felony burglary among other crimes.

Field office director for ERO Chicago, Ricardo Wong, said “this operation was a great success for all members of our communities. The Chicago area is safer today because of the hard work of the men and women of ERO.”

ICE said some of the individuals arrested during this operation will face US federal criminal prosecutions for illegal entry and illegal re-entry after deportation. – CMC