10/8/15, "ICE arrests 314 criminals across Florida, four locally," nbc2, Miami, Fla.
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 314
criminal immigrants last month in an enforcement action targeting
individuals who pose a threat to public safety. ICE Enforcement and
Removal Operations (ERO) officers made the arrests across the state....
of those arrested during the enforcement action met at least one of the
agency’s three enforcement priorities. More than one-quarter had
criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent
offenses, such as murder, attempted murder, child sex crimes, sex
offenses, weapons charges and drug violations.
"As this operation
makes clear, ICE is committed to prioritizing convicted criminals and
those who are public safety threats for apprehension and removal," said
Marc J. Moore, field office director for the Miami Field Office of ERO,
which oversees all of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Our communities are safer today thanks to the hard work of our officers
across the state.”
Sixteen of those detained are previously
removed individuals who are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s
Office for felony re-entry after deportation.
ERO was supported by
ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border
Protection and other federal and local law enforcement agencies,
including the FBI and the U.S. Marshal’s Service."
10/8/15, "ICE operation arrests 314 foreigners in Florida, including 38 from Tampa Bay area," Tampa Bay Times, Patty Ryan
"Federal immigration authorities Thursday announced the results of a
focused three-week effort to remove from Florida so-called "criminal
aliens" from three dozen countries, including some convicted of
committing sex crimes in the United States.
Thirty-eight of 314 arrested were from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties....
Randolph Everton Cole of Jamaica, deported in 1988 and 1991, has been
convicted in New York of robbery, heroin possession and selling
marijuana, a criminal complaint states. He was arrested in Tampa.
Israel Lopez-Mendoza of Mexico has been deported four times, a
complaint states, and has twice been convicted of illegal entry. He was
arrested in Seffner.
Among those not identified: ICE agents arrested a Cuban citizen
living in Tampa who is a lawful permanent U.S. resident. That person,
recently convicted of a lewd or lascivious act on a minor, awaits a
removal hearing by an immigration judge, ICE said in a news release....
More than one-fourth of them had prior
felony convictions for serious offenses such as murder, attempted
murder, child sex crimes, sex offenses, weapons charges and drug
10/8/15, "ICE arrests 314 criminal immigrants in Florida during September sweep," Tampa Bay Tribune by staff
"Among the arrests was a Cuban citizen in Tampa who is a lawful
permanent resident of the U.S. In June, he was convicted of a lewd or
lascivious act on a minor and was sentenced to eight years of probation.
The subject is pending a removal hearing by an immigration judge,
In another case, a Mexican citizen living in Wauchula was
arrested and deported after he was convicted of lewd conduct in August and sentenced to four years of community control, ICE said.
On Sept. 15, agents arrested a Jamaican citizen in West
Palm Beach who had been a lawful permanent U.S. resident since 1972. The
subject pleaded guilty for murder and was sentenced to 10 years
deferred adjudication and placed on community supervision. This person
is now awaiting deportation proceedings, officials said."...