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ICE Officers Arrest 54 Undocumented Immigrants in Greater NYC Area

ICE officers making an arrest in 2017 (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Oct. 20, 2020 By Allie Griffin

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 54 undocumented immigrants in the greater New York City area as part of a recent move to target sanctuary cities such as New York.

The 54 immigrants are among hundreds of undocumented people ICE officers arrested in sanctuary cities across the country in a weeklong crackdown ending Oct. 9, the department said.

Many of the individuals in New York nabbed by ICE had recently been arrested on charges such as assault, sexual assault against a child, rape, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of stolen property, driving while intoxicated, robbery and grand larceny, according to ICE.

More than 30 of the 54 individuals arrested by ICE in the greater New York area were released from local law enforcement custody, despite having active ICE detainers — which require detainees to be turned over to ICE custody, the department said.

Of all the individuals in the greater New York area arrested by ICE, only two in this latest crackdown didn’t have a criminal history in the U.S., according to ICE.

“Let us not gloss over the fact that the vast majority of the individuals arrested during this operation have criminal histories,” said Thomas R. Decker, ICE ERO New York field office director. “It’s frightening that New York City politicians created laws that force local law enforcement agencies to release dangerous criminals back into the community despite the seriousness of their crimes.”

The immigrants arrested are from China, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova, Mozambique, Pakistan, Panama, Peru and St. Lucia, the department said.

The ICE officers made the arrests in New York City as well as the neighboring counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Dutchess, Ulster and Westchester.

The undocumented immigrants will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of their removal proceedings before an immigration judge.

ICE targeted New York for its position as a sanctuary city and the fact that it doesn’t honor ICE detainers that request local law enforcement agencies hand over undocumented immigrants they arrest to ICE custody.

ICE Senior Official Tony Pham suggested that non-compliance with ICE detainers will likely lead to increased ICE enforcement activity.

“ICE has no choice but to conduct more at-large, targeted enforcement actions [to] achieve its congressionally mandated mission,” Pham said.

“This means that the agency is likely to encounter other unlawfully present foreign nationals that wouldn’t have been encountered had we been allowed to take custody of a criminal target within the confines of a local jail.”

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Have the ice agents join the nypd. We can use the extra police with all the crime and shootings taking place.


Resident- Australia, Germany, Canada or New Zealand are more efficient Socialist countries.

Please move there

These countries are not 100% socialist. Socialism believes its system can make better decisions for the people than they can for themselves. Good luck!

Crybaby Conservatism

Please – Please explain your 100% Socialism theory..Does theory include socializing losses and privatizing the gains? In a country with over 35% of the population overweight obese, diabetic and suffering hypertension are you sure you want to go with the better decisions argument. LOL

No way, we need more taxes

We need brand new gov agencies and higher taxes to pay for them.

Higher taxes to pay for the wall too. Turns our Mexico didn’t pay for it.

You liberals are against huge tax increases and border security.

God bless America! Pray for the children.

Not a nice guy or gal amongst them.
Not too bright to screw up your ability to be in a country with so much economic and other opportunities.
USA needs immigrants to keep the economic ball rolling.
Free the DACA 150,000! Keep building the wall. It makes sense.
I bet that those illegal 400+ children who never got matched with a parent, were abandoned by their parent(s) in the hope that the USA would eventually keep their kids and let them become citizens. I hope they have a great life! Imagine a mother who would give up her child in the hope that the son or daughter could live free and safe!

Crybaby Conservatism

Hashtagger- You shouldn’t be so thin skinned and fragile.,Just because somebody expresses concern for a particular group of children at a specific moment does not mean they don’t “feel” for another or other groups of children. It’s like a person saying cure breast cancer. That person doesn’t mean ignore other cancers or diseases, they’re just pointing out a particular disease at a particular moment in history.,

Liberal hypocrite

There are children starving in Venezuela and all over the world. How do you feel about them, please donate all your money to help feed the children, you can’t feed them with feelings.

Crybaby Conservatism

Hashtagger- Pretty weak response. I guess that answer is an endorsement of birth control and abortion. More contradictions from you.

Someone should build a border wall

4 years ago Trump promised Mexico would make a “one-time payment” for a border wall. Oops, lie!

Now the solution is to add new gov agencies and billions in taxes instead?! I prefer small government. Shame he completely failed.

You can lead a horse to water

But you can’t make it drink.

I’m sure if Mexico had any money to begin with, their citizens wouldn’t have to bugger off up to the USA for work and/or to live/survive.


Mexico is not a poor country. It’s corrupt and has too many drug cartels. They don’y care about their poor.

I agree, Trump completely failed to secure our borders

Like you said: 4 years ago Trump said Mexico’s making a “one-time payment” for a border wall. Never happened. Probably would have helped with the people crossing the border you’re mentioning…

Vishnavarantham M.

Good job Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency! My and everyone else’s taxes shouldn’t be doing to protect people who broke the rules to get & stay in this country.

Prediction: hollywood will make a heroic movie about innocent immigrant lambs and vicious blood-thirsty fed wolves.


Thank you President Trump! Deporting ILLEGAl criminal Immigrants should always be a priority!!!


Obama deported more illegal immigrants than Trump. Trump is neither our best or brightest in anything.

Crybaby Conservatism

Resident- You’re misinformed and misinforming others.–Saint_Paul#Demographics
Ethnic Somalis first emigrated to the Twin Cities as voluntary migrants in the 1980s and earlier. Other Somalis arrived in the United States after the start of the civil war in Somaliaduring the early 1990s. Many of the newer arrivals moved to Minnesota through voluntary agencies (VOLAGS), who helped them settle in.Somalis who had arrived earlier also assisted the immigrants.

no jobs, no wall, no economy

no “one-time payment” from Mexico, now ICE has to take care of the results? I wish our president wasn’t so weak on border security.


Butt hurt much? The feds should not fund sanctuary cities. I’m waiting for Sandy Ocasio-Cortez to show up at a detention center with her mascara smeared. Deblasio and Cuomo have done everything to stop arrests as have the district attorney and Tish James, our State Attorney General, who has made a mockery of the law.

Trump promised to defund all sanctuary cities too 😂

Funny you mention that! Another complete failure of Trump’s.

The president is in charge of national security. You mentioned mascara or something? Ok…

Luke Adams's Enlightened Ghost

There was never to be a “one time payment,” little mac. POTUS said that, through trade agreements, “Mexico would pay for” the wall. And they are. The wall continues to be built. Your wishes are not true simply because the Sunnyside Post allows them to be seen by…scores of people.
I sincerely hope you don’t off yourself on November 4th when things don’t go as the media has led you to believe they will.


Trump has built less than 300 miles of his wall (our border with Mexico is over 1900 miles long.) It’s an expensive, inefficient, and unpopular project to everyone but his rabid base.


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