ICE agents arrest 40 in Queens as part of six-day operation

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removal teams arrested nearly 200 people in New York City — including 40 in Queens — during a six-day sweep the agency called “Operation Keep Safe.”

A 56-year-old Haitian national was picked up in East Elmhurst, having been convicted on charges of second-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a weapon, according to ICE, and a 57-year-old Jamaican man was arrested in Jamaica who had been convicted on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, but was on a conditional discharge when ICE agents arrested him.

On Tuesday, ICE announced that the sweeps were carried out on the streets of Queens and the rest of the city because “efforts by local NYC politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and created another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect.”

ICE went on to explain that in years past, most of these individuals would have been turned over to ICE by local authorities upon their release from jail based on ICE detainers but those are no longer honored in sanctuary cities, including New York City.

“ICE continues to face significant obstacles with policies created by local officials which hinder cooperation between ICE and law enforcement. Yet, with the tireless efforts of the men and women of ICE, this operation was a great success,” New York Field Office Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations Thomas R. Decker said. “The fact is that a so-called ‘sanctuary city’ does not only provide refuge to those who are here against immigration law, but also provides protections for criminal aliens who prey on the people in their own communities by committing crimes at all levels. ICE is committed to enforcing the immigration laws set forth by Congress with integrity, despite the push-back and rhetoric within the city they serve.”

City Hall dismissed ICE’s premise, insisting that public safety and security is not being sacrificed and New York City has reached record-low levels of crime and has the highest number of immigrant residents in the last century. When Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Corona in November, 2014, to sign laws that dramatically reduced the city’s cooperation with ICE deportations, he explained it was federal immigration crackdowns, especially mass deportations, that undermined public safety.

“Our city is not served when New Yorkers with strong ties in the community are afraid to engage in law enforcement because they fear deportation,” de Blasio said.

The city does voluntarily cooperate with requests from federal immigration enforcement when provided with proper documentation and an individual has been convicted of a serious or violent felony within the last five years, or is on the terrorist watch list.”

Rosemary Boeglin, spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, said, “New York City will work with federal partners in the interest of public safety, but not to be an arm of immigration enforcement.”

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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what do you expect from queen says:
Our misguided mayor thinks that enforcing federal laws that were enacted for the protection of all citizens endangers public safety. The truth is the opposite of what he thinks. Thankfully we have a President who understands the dangers of not enforcing laws. We are so lucky to have him.
April 19, 2:22 pm
Good from Queens says:
Keep up the good job ICE, there are plenty more to be found in flushing, Jackson Heights, Corona and woodside!
April 19, 3:11 pm
yshaggy from jamaica says:
Good Job
April 19, 4:19 pm
THINK from QUEENS says:
EXCELLENT. Laws NEED to be enforced. If you are here ILLEGALLY, then you are a criminal and it makes matters worse when such people actually have warrants, etc due to other criminal activity.


“Our city is not served when New Yorkers with strong ties in the community are afraid to engage in law enforcement because they fear deportation,” de Blasio said.

No A-HOLE Mayor, there is a difference between legal immigrants (who have nothing to worry about) and illegal immigrants.

STOP making them out to be the same.

ICE is only doing their job, just like they did during the Obama administration, so let's not play the Trump card on this either. ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL.

April 19, 5:03 pm
ABOUT TIME from QueensVille says:
It is not fair that most immigrants come here through legal channels, while some want to come here illegally. I mean how do you think the whole MS-13 gang started, by legal immigrants. NO, illegal immigrants.

Keep up the good work, especially in Queens which seems to be over run by illegal immigrants. All one needs to do is look at all the illegal conversions on every other block in places like Jamaica, Corona, Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Richmond Hill and the rest of SE Queens.
April 19, 5:07 pm
John from Flushing says:
It’s about time. We need. It in flushing. Also. Asian gangs. Whore houses etc. keep up the good work
April 19, 8:47 pm
Also from Queens says:
Also, check parts of sunset park and parts of coney island in BK too. NOT TOO FAR FROM coney island, there is ALOT of illegal Russians there! I know because I used to work in the hospital down there 10 years ago! They overstay their visas and want medicaid handed to them!
April 20, 3:49 am
Mike from Bayside says:
Check bayside. Little neck flushing Whitestone so many illegal. Korean and Chinese. Time to send them back
April 21, 7:13 am
Joe from Queens says:
So sad. ICE mostly goes after peaceful men and women who are trying to make a life for themselves here. But try explaining that to the two Fox News simpletons here and their ilk. Anyway, soon Trump and his company will be out of power. And thank God for that.
April 21, 8:15 am
THINK from Queens says:
NOT TRUE, Joe From Queens. And first, off peaceful or not, illegal is illegal. But ICE rounds up many criminals, like they did most recently:

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 212 people and served notices to businesses in the Los Angeles area, in a five-day operation that ended Thursday, the federal agency said.

Of those arrested, 195 have criminal convictions, were issued final orders of removal but did not leave the country, or re-entered illegally after being removed, ICE officials said." From

Do some of you even read newspapers to find out any information or do you just rely on idiotic FaceBook or Twitter, neither which are news media outlets.

AND as much as I dislike that major idiot in the Whitehouse, Trump, ICE removed way more illegal immigrants under Obama. ICE is nothing new, they have been doing this for years.
April 21, 3:54 pm
Joey from Whitestone says:
Trump 2020. All the way. If you. Don’t like move to Canada. Cuz he is here to stay
April 21, 11:08 pm

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