ICE Arrests 32 Sex Offenders in Long Island as Crackdown Against Foreign Criminals Continues

Immigration and Customs Enforcement have continued to crack down on foreign criminals in the United States, this time arresting 32 sex offenders in Long Island.

The mission, which ended August 3, was dubbed “Operation SOAR,” which stands for “Sex Offender Alien Removal.” The operation sought out sex offenders in the Nassau or Suffolk County areas of Long Island, according to an official press release.

The crimes range from sexual abuse of children to attempted rape. Twelve of the 32 arrested were already registered sex offenders.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Here are just a few examples of these outstanding members of the community that were arrested:

  • A 46-year-old Salvadoran national with a prior conviction of endangering the welfare of a child was sentenced to three years’ probation. The original charge was sexual abuse in the first degree: sexual contact with an individual less than 11 years old. The victim in this case was 7 years old.
  • A 36-year-old national of Guatemala with a prior conviction of second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child. The victim in this case was a 13-year-old female. He was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of probation supervision.
  • A 55-year-old Salvadoran man convicted of second-degree rape and sentenced to one year in jail. The victim in this case was 12 years old.

Thomas R. Decker, field office director for New York, wrote in the release:

ICE’s continuing commitment to making our communities safer is underscored by operations like this one targeting sexual offenders. These actions focus our resources on the most egregious criminals and promote public safety in the communities in which we live and work.

ERO officers are out there every day enforcing immigration law with targeted enforcement actions. ICE will not waiver in its promise to arrest and remove criminal aliens from our neighborhoods.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Those arrested are from the following countries: Ecuador, El Salvador, Tobago, Peru, Trinidad, Mexico, India, Honduras, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

According to ICE officials, all 32 are in the process to be removed from the United States unless they have “outstanding orders of deportation,” in which case they will be sent back immediately.

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