Federal immigration authorities last week arrested 225 people in New York, including 20 in the Lower Hudson Valley.
Nineteen people in Westchester and one person in Rockland were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of its Operation Keep Safe, a six-day sweep that ended on April 14 and involved arrests in the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island. The arrests also included one person in Dutchess.
The arrests come on the heels of Operation Matador, which ICE revealed recently had led to the arrests of 19 alleged gang members from Spring Valley as part of a multi-agency law enforcement effort that resulted in the arrests of 475 people.
“ICE continues to face significant obstacles with policies created by local officials which hinder cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement. Yet, with the tireless efforts of the men and women of ICE, this operation was a great success,” Thomas R. Decker, field officer director of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York, said in a statement on Tuesday.
No other information on the Lower Hudson Valley arrests was immediately available from ICE, which said the 225 people, including nationals from 51 countries, were arrested for violating U.S. immigration laws.
More than 180 of the people who were arrested have criminal convictions or charges pending, and more than 80 had ignored orders to leave the U.S., or had been previously removed from the country and returned illegally, according to ICE.
ICE said some of the people who were arrested will face federal criminal charges for illegal entry or illegal re-entry to the U.S. after deportation. People who are not being charged federally will be processed administratively for removal from the country, ICE said.
Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who have returned to the U.S. illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country, ICE said. The remaining people are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal from the U.S., the agency said.