Trinidadians held by USA immigration officials in NY

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 27, 2017

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that police officers do not have the authority to detain immigrants exclusively at the request of federal immigration officials.

The announcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not disclose the identities of the two immigrants - one living in Nassau County and one in Suffolk - or why they were arrested.

"While ICE has authority to conduct enforcement operations in public spaces in New York City, the mayor's office is committed to ensuring immigrant New Yorkers know their rights and resources", Boeglin said.

An Ecuadorian citizen who was illegally in the United States and had been convicted of rape was among 114 people arrested during an 11-day operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in NY, the agency said Tuesday.

Baker aides have said the policy targeted suspected terrorists and illegal immigrants who have previous convictions on felonies or gang-related crimes. Other offenses ranged from drug trafficking, assault and possession of a firearm to fraud, forgery and money laundering.

37 individuals have final orders of removal.

Besides Jamaica and Cuba, which also figured among the detainees, ICE said individuals arrested during the operation are from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Nor would they release the names of the people arrested - even though many have pending criminal cases or will face prosecution for reentering the country illegally.

The agency has said it does not identify those it arrests because of privacy concerns.

ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations deportation officers "are committed to enforcing the immigration laws set forth by our legislators", said a statement from Thomas Decker, the field office's director in NY.

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