Bloggings On Deportation And Removal
Aug 24, 2010
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The following press release was just posted on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website:
BOSTON - A total of 47 gang members and individuals with gang ties, including many with criminal records, are facing new criminal charges or removal from the United States following a three-month anti-gang surge led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
The arrests are the result of a multi-agency effort by the ICE-HSI Operation Community Shield Task Force (OCSTF), comprised of about 20 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies from the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine. Using ICE's transnational reach and broad legal authorities to combat the proliferation of criminal street gangs, ICE targets those individuals posing the greatest threat to our national security and public safety by focusing on foreign-born members of these violent street gangs.
Those arrested during this anti-gang surge included 28 known gang members consisting of Bloods, MS 13, 18th Street, Latin Kings, and Vatos Locos. Of the 47 individuals arrested, 24 were arrested on local/state warrants in conjunction with state and local police. The other 23 arrested were citizens and nationals of various foreign countries. These targets had criminal histories of violent crimes including attempted murder, car jacking, assault and battery with dangerous weapons, assault to rape, possession of firearms, and narcotics distribution.
Those foreign nationals who are not being prosecuted on criminal charges are being processed for deportation.
"ICE and our law enforcement partners in New England are determined to rid our streets of criminals such as these," said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of ICE's Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston. "Transnational gang members and their associates are on notice that they will be arrested and brought to justice."
Among those arrested are the following individuals:
The ICE enforcement surge in New England is part of ICE-HSI's ongoing anti-gang nationwide initiative known as Operation Community Shield which began in February 2005. Since then ICE agents nationwide have arrested more than 18,000 gang members and their associates.
Transnational street gangs have significant numbers of foreign-born members and are frequently involved in human and contraband smuggling, immigration violations and other crimes with a connection to the border.
Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law – including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
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