U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 123 people during a month-long operation in New Jersey. The operation primarily targeted immigrants with prior arrests or DUI convictions. The investigation also targeted immigrants with criminal records, illegal re-entrants, and other individuals with prior violations. People were arrested in a variety of counties including Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Union Counties.
Of those arrested, 90 percent of them had been convicted of a crime or had pending criminal charges. ICE stated that it is planning on pursuing more aggressive policies across the nation, including New Jersey. Their goal is to arrest and deport immigrants with violations, prior arrests, and other criminal activity on their record.
How Will ICE Impact New Jersey Immigrants?
In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 3,189 immigrants—a 35 percent increase from the previous year. Immigrants arrested in 2017 ranged in age from 19 to 56. Many of them had been convicted on charges of narcotics, distribution of narcotics, shoplifting, or DUI. The individuals arrested will go through removal proceedings before an immigration judge. Those who had a final order of removal were or will be deported.
Immigration advocates and legal residents have also noticed a drastic increase in immigration arrests, despite an order that prevents police cooperation with ICE. Since March 15, New Jersey officials have limited police involvement with ICE operations. This directive forbids prosecutors and police from stopping, searching, or detaining immigrants at the request of ICE, with serious cases as an exception.
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ICE is implementing federal and local immigration enforcement that is impacting immigrant families in New Jersey. With more than 123 people arrested in the past month, it is vital for individuals to get the legal representation they need to fight deportation. The truth is, many people are being deported for misdemeanors when deportation should be a last resort. If your loved one has been arrested or is facing deportation, the New Jersey immigration attorneys at The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C. can help you. Since 1987, our firm has helped thousands of individuals and businesses successfully resolve their immigration issues. We know how to fight for you against harsh, unjust policies.
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