Feds Net 44 Criminal Aliens Convicted of Sex Crimes Against Children in New Jersey

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Immigration authorities are holding more than 40 criminal aliens in New Jersey, all convicted of sex crimes against children.

During a five-day enforcement “Crimes against Children” operation completed last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 44 foreign nationals convicted of crimes including sexual abuse of a minor, criminal sexual contact of a child, sexual assault of a minor, child abuse, and indecent exposure.

The 44 criminal aliens arrested in New Jersey are from: Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela. They range in age from 19 to 61 years old.

The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” John Tsoukaris, field office director of ERO Newark, said in a statement. “As part of this operation, we specifically focused on the arrest of individuals who took advantage of children. Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ERO officers and our law enforcement partners, there are 44 fewer criminals in our neighborhoods,” he added.

According to ICE, all 44 criminal aliens meet the Obama administration’s top priority for immigration enforcement, as laid out in in DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson’s 2014 memorandum.

Among those apprehended, ICE said, were:

-A Haitian citizen convicted of criminal sexual contact against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

-An Ecuadorian citizen convicted of luring or enticing a child, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child.

-A Guatemalan citizen convicted of criminal sexual contact on a child.

-A Cuban national convicted of three counts of sexual assault of a minor.