3 From Hudson County Arrested in Statewide ICE Bust

Nearly 80 people have been arrested across 16 New Jersey counties by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Police.  The charges range from homicide to weapons possession, domestic violence, fraud and sexual assaults.  Three of those arrested over the past month reside in Hudson County.

The statewide ICE bust targeted individuals between the ages of 19 and 63, the majority of whom had previously been convicted of violent offenses.  Other offenses included burglary, robbery, DUI and drug possession.

Overall, 77 foreign nationals, including three from Hudson County, were arrested during the four week-long actions undertaken by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in New Jersey.  The bust was held from July 22 through August 20.

According to a press release from ICE, all of the people arrested were living illegally in the United States or had criminal histories.

“The remarkable results of our officers and law enforcement partners highlight ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said John Tsoukaris, field office director of ERO Newark. “This enforcement action focused on targeting individuals that have been arrested or convicted of crimes involving victims as well as those who pose a risk to public safety. Because of the targeted efforts of these professional officers, there are fewer criminals in our communities.”

The individuals arrested will go through removal proceedings before an immigration judge, or for those under a final order of removal, arrangements will be made to remove them from the U.S.

ICE continues to target criminal aliens and other public safety and national security threats every day. ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All those in violation of immigration law may be subject to arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States. ICE takes many factors into account when targeting and arresting individuals, including their criminal and immigration history.

In FY 2019, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested individuals with more than 1,900 convictions and charges for homicide, 1,800 for kidnapping, 12,000 sex offenses, 5,000 sexual assaults, 45,000 assaults, 67,000 crimes involving drugs, 10,000 weapons offenses, and 74,000 DUIs.

The only Hudson County arrestee identified in the press release, although not by name, was a 51-year old Venezuelan national with a conviction for larceny.  He lived in Guttenberg.