ICE agents arrest 45 illegal immigrants in Connecticut and Massachusetts
New York 3/01/2012 10:20 PM GMT (WooEB)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conducted a four
day investigation, which resulted in the arrest of 45 illegal immigrants, who
have been convicted of criminal charges.
ICE agents located the criminals through Secure Communities,
a federal program that allows authorities to check the immigration status of,
who are arrested, or those who apply for jobs. The Secure Communities
initiative has received some criticism from immigration advocates in East Haven
and around the country.
Four East Haven police officers in the area are accused of
violating the constitutional rights of Hispanic residents and are under federal
investigation. Hispanic people in the states, who failed to get the proper
legal documentation through and immigration attorney, are increasingly facing the prospect of being racial profiled by
local authorities and citizens.
“Operation Threats against the Community,” as it was called
by ICE agents, was successful in catching 45 people who have convicted of
crimes such as minor assault, narcotic violations and sexual assault. The
majority of the criminals captured were from Jamaica, with other immigrants
originating from the Dominican Republic, Asia, Central and South America,
Europe, and Africa.
The Obama Administration has directed ICE agents to focus on
catching and deporting illegal immigrants involved in crimes. These criminals
all face deportation, which will be hard to avoid even
with the help of an immigration lawyer.
The millions of immigrants that have not enlisted an immigration attorney to help them with
a legal presence or citizenship still face the risk of deportation, but the
current focus is on making communities safer by arresting criminals.
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