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225 arrested on immigration charges in New York

A recent sweep resulted in the arrests of 225 individuals. All were detained on immigration charges in the state of New York. The arrests were made by Immigration Customs and Enforcement during its six day Operation Keep Safe In New York. 

ICE officials were reportedly pleased with the effort to remove immigrants in violation of the law off the streets. They maintain that these numbers could be easily arrested every week if the sanctuary city of New York would allow its law enforcement officials to work with them. As the policies now stand, the city and local police departments only turns over individuals that are on a domestic terrorist list or who have been convicted of one of 170 serious offenses.

Some question the utility of arresting those who have only been charged with a crime, or who have been convicted of a minor offense, saying that the move separates families and that it is a waste of resources. ICE claims that 80 percent of the individuals picked up during the sweep were criminals or have been charged with crimes. By choosing to arrest those who have only been charged, ICE has broken with its historical policies on this matter. 

In New York, a person facing immigration charges may be arrested and detained by ICE. If individuals have valid reasons and a defense for remaining in the country, they can choose to fight the charges in court. An experienced immigration law attorney can be a valuable tool when building a strong defense against such charges. 

Source: wnyc.org, "Immigration Agents Make 225 Arrests During Six-Day Crackdown in New York Area", Beth Fertig, April 17, 2018

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