ICE Arrests 58 in New England Operation — Shocking Number Had Serious Prior Felony Convictions

On Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it completed a five-day operation that resulted in 58 arrests.

ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston conducted the operation, which ended on Dec. 4. Of the 58 arrested, 30 had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses.

Overall, the charges and convictions included assault, attempted assault, cocaine trafficking, and murder.

This operation was just the latest that ICE carried out under the Trump administration.

“The men and women of ICE, through efforts like the one we have completed this week, remain committed to apprehending dangerous criminal aliens who threaten our communities,” Todd M. Lyons, Acting Field Office Director, ERO Boston said.

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Lyons also defended the organization against criticism. “Despite unjustified criticism, our officers continue to work daily with professionalism and integrity to enforce immigration law and protect our communities from criminal aliens,” he said.

ICE has faced continued criticism for its tactics and received blame in light of the family migrant crisis at the border this year.

As in ICE’s Thursday announcement, the agency has repeatedly warned that it would need to conduct at-large arrests when cities like Boston refused to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

“In years past, most of these individuals would have been turned over to ICE by local authorities upon their release from jail based on ICE detainers,” the agency said.

“Since some ‘sanctuary jurisdictions’ including Boston, do not honor ICE detainers, these individuals, who often have significant criminal histories, are released onto the street, presenting a potential public safety threat,” it continued.

“ICE thus has no alternative but to periodically conduct at-large arrests in local communities instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community.”


  1. Very little information is given about these individuals’ crimes. It lists some terrible crimes but how many individuals actually comment these crimes. People charged with murder are not normally let out of prison so easily. What type of assault? Attempted assault is basically nothing but a threat and some assaults are nothing more then a shoving match. What’s happening here is ICE is scaring you and feeding the hate you already have inside of you. ICE needs you to believe this crap to exist.

    1. Leave it to a leftist to try to spin “30 had prior felony convictions”. That is FELONY convictions. “ICE is scaring you and feeding the hate you already have inside of you.” Oh boy, another armchair psychiatrist has appeared here on IJR. Since none of the other armchair psychiatrists here will answer this question, maybe you will, Ray. Just where did you get your degree in Armchair Psychiatry?
      Also, those 58 arrests seem to be REAL, not JUST some “crap” ICE needs you to believe.

  2. Yeppers. According to kamala harris, that’s the KKK in action right there. According to gillibrand, “The reason why we should get rid of ICE . . . is because it doesn’t work. What they’re doing right now is unconscionable.” The reason she thinks it’s unconscionable is because that’s 58 votes the dims won’t get the next election.

    1. If millions illegal residents are voting for Dems, why do we never hear of an arrest? We heard about the 2 Trump voters (1 Texan and 1 Iowan) that voted 2x’s & given probation & the Texas woman released from prison on a drug charge that voted in 2016 and was sent back to prison for 5 yrs. 0 cases were illegal residents. If they was a single arrest for voting fraud by an illegal resident, Trump’s twitter feed would have exploded. BTW, majority of illegals in Boston are Irish.

      1. Come out here to Sacramento and see what I see with my own eyes. Here in Cali, all you have to do is register, then show up to your polling place with a valid driver license, which are given to illegals here in Cali, just pass the test. Then you are VERBALLY asked at your polling place if you are a legal citizen. All you have to do is say, “Si”. Then your vote counts just like every LEGAL citizen’s does.

      2. ” BTW, majority of illegals in Boston are Irish.” Just WHAT does that have to do with anything? You have a problem with people from Ireland, philly? Did you just commit a Freudian slip and let a personal prejudice come out for all to see?

  3. These 58, like the 5000 dead lawyers at the bottom of the sea, are “a start”

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