- ICE authorities confirmed arrests in Georgia and the Carolinas in raid.
- The raid in Georgia and the Carolinas was part of the national ICE operation.
- With the announcement of the arrests in various states, including Georgia, ICE resumed the raids against undocumented immigrants after having been paused by the pandemic.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) confirmed this Friday the arrest of 77 undocumented immigrants in a raid in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, as part of a national operation that took place between July and August, reported the news agency Eph.
According to ICE, cited by Efe, 98 percent of the detainees have a criminal record or face charges for crimes such as assault, sexual exploitation of a minor, domestic violence, extortion or kidnapping, among others.
“This operation focused on identifying and deporting aliens who have committed crimes against people and who pose a serious threat to our community,” said Thomas Giles, director of the ICE regional office in Atlanta, whose jurisdiction also includes South Carolina. and North Carolina, Efe pointed out.
Among those arrested is the Guatemalan Juan Cabrera Vail, 39, who was arrested in May last year by police officers from the city of Chamblee, Georgia, after illegally entering the home of his ex-partner and attacking her. and his niece with a machete.
Efe detailed that Cabrera faces charges of aggravated assault, home invasion and for making terrorist threats, according to ICE.
Richardson Mercivalle, a 27-year-old Haitian who had been found guilty of sexual assault in Wayne County, North Carolina, was also arrested in the operation for attempting to strangle a nurse’s aide at a local hospital in May. 2018, authorities said.
Giles said a third of the 77 arrests were made in Georgia, and that the raid took place between July 13 and August 20.
Immigration authorities reported this week that more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants, the majority with criminal records, were arrested during the operation carried out in several cities in the country, including Los Angeles, where more than 300 were captured.
ICE arrests 125 immigrants with tangled records in Texas
The ICE raid was also carried out in Texas, where fell 125 immigrants.
ICE arrested 125 people in Central and South Texas during the latest operations targeting immigrants with criminal records.
Targets included those with arrests or convictions for assault, domestic violence, and other crimes involving victims.
ICE announced Tuesday the results of recent enforcement actions targeting removable immigrants who have been arrested or have pending charges or convictions for crimes involving victims.
“With each arrest, our goal is not only to protect your current victims, but to prevent future ones. Our communities will now be safer after the removal of these wanted perpetrators, ”said José Correa, director of the San Antonio Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) field office.
“We will continue to illegally target criminals in the United States who pose a threat to public safety.”
Data from July 13 to August 20 shows that ICE officers arrested 125 individuals at large in Central and South Texas who were illegally living in the US, or who are eligible for deportation from the US. Due to his criminal record.
About 85 percent of those arrested by ICE on immigration charges also had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.
Many had multiple criminal convictions and pending charges for crimes committed against the victims. (Note: these numbers represent criminal charges and convictions, not individuals. Individuals may have multiple criminal charges and convictions). Those crimes included:
- 23 for assault: simple assault, assault against relatives and non-relatives, and assault against the forces of public order.
- 5 for domestic violence.
- 2 for sex offenses – rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, and failure to register as a sex offender.
- 1 homicide – negligent homicide.
- 2 for state terrorist offenses.
- 14 for under the influence.
- 11 for drug trafficking,
- 12 for possession of a controlled substance.
- 1 for smuggling of immigrants.
Examples of arrests include:
In Waco, Texas, a 37-year-old Mexican citizen was arrested and convicted in December 2006 by the Durham District Court in Durham, North Carolina for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 45 days in prison and 12 months of probation. The individual was also convicted in October 2012 by the Bell County Courthouse in Belton of burglary with intent to commit a sex crime. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.
In New Braunfels, Texas, a 47-year-old Mexican citizen was charged with rape in April 1995 and sentenced to 15 months of probation. In June 1996, he was charged with rape, but was acquitted in September 1997. In April 1994, the individual was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol and sentenced to 12 months of probation.
In Laredo, Texas, a 60-year-old Mexican citizen was convicted in October 1996 of manufacturing / delivering and selling marijuana. He was sentenced to two years in prison.
In Brownsville, Texas, a 37-year-old Mexican citizen was convicted of illegal re-entry in November 2008. He was sentenced to 140 days in prison. In September 2011, he was found guilty of assault that caused bodily injury to a relative and sentenced to 12 months in prison. In October 2012, he was tried and convicted of illegal re-entry and sentenced to 21 months in prison. The individual is also an active member of the Paisas prison gang.
In Round Rock, Texas, a 33-year-old Mexican citizen was convicted on June 30, 2020, of one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of assault for intoxication with a vehicle with significant bodily injury.
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