Nearly 60 de­tained in re­gion im­mi­gra­tion raids

Woonsocket Call - - OBITUARIES/REGION -

BOS­TON (AP) — Dozens of peo­ple sus­pected of liv­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally were ap­pre­hended in a se­ries of sweeps in New Eng­land this week, U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment said Fri­day.

Agents ar­rested 58 peo­ple in raids in Mas­sachusetts, Rhode Is­land, New Hamp­shire and Con­necti­cut, of­fi­cials said. The ar­rests hap­pened over five days end­ing Dec. 4.

Thirty of the peo­ple have prior felony con­vic­tions for se­ri­ous or vi­o­lent of­fenses, and 33 have crim­i­nal charges pend­ing, im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials said. Nine had been pre­vi­ously de­ported, and 15 had been pre­vi­ously re­leased by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties de­spite the fed­eral agency’s re­quest to hold them.

Among those rounded up were a 67-year-old na­tive of Brazil ar­rested in Lynn, Mas­sachusetts, who is wanted for mur­der in Brazil, as well as a 59-year old Brazil­ian ar­rested in Put­nam, Con­necti­cut, who is also wanted in that coun­try for mur­der, ac­cord­ing to ICE.

Oth­ers ap­pre­hended in the sweep in­clude cit­i­zens of Ja­maica, France, Haiti and the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

Bos­ton and a num­ber of other New Eng­land com­mu­ni­ties are con­sid­ered “sanc­tu­ary cities” where lo­cal of­fi­cials limit their in­volve­ment in fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion mat­ters.

The agency has “no al­ter­na­tive” but to pe­ri­od­i­cally con­duct large-scale im- mi­gra­tion en­force­ment sweeps, Todd Lyons, act­ing di­rec­tor of ICE’s Bos­ton’s field of­fice over­see­ing New Eng­land, said in a state­ment. That, he said, is be­cause “sanc­tu­ary ju­ris­dic­tions in­clud­ing Bos­ton” do not honor ICE de­tain­ers and limit their in­volve­ment in fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion mat­ters.

“Ul­ti­mately, ef­forts by lo­cal politi­cians have shielded re­mov­able crim­i­nal aliens from im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment and cre­ated an­other mag­net for more il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, all at the ex­pense of the safety and se­cu­rity of the very peo­ple it pur­ports to pro­tect,” Lyons said.

A mes­sage seek­ing com­ment was left with Bos­ton Mayor Marty Walsh’s of­fice.

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