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.
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.”