NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) has arrested 37 individuals in Middlesex County, New Jersey as part of a multi-day operation, 16 of whom were previously released by Middlesex County Jail which refused to honor the ICE detainer or even bother informing ICE of the individuals’ release
According the ICE, those arrested are wanted for (or have previously been convicted of) alleged crimes including “aggravated criminal sexual contact, aggravated assault, DUI, hindering apprehension, endangering the welfare of a child, battery, theft, burglary, possession of a weapon, forgery, domestic violence assault, disorderly conduct, and illegal entry.”
78% have either prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.
Their countries of origin: Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, and Turkey.
“ERO New Jersey will continue to enforce ICE’s commitment to public safety,” said Ruben Perez, acting Field Office Director of ERO located in Newark. “Middlesex county, which aspires to be a ‘sanctuary county’ by protecting criminal aliens, in the process assists criminals in undermining federal law, and creates a dangerous environment in the community. It also overburdens local law enforcement. ICE will continue to execute its mission in such communities.”
Middlesex County openly follows a policy of avoiding cooperation whenever possible with federal immigration officials.
The problem extends beyond Middlesex County, home of Rutgers University and some of New Jersey’s most robust immigrant communities. ICE has directly engaged Governor Phil Murphy who repeatedly pledges to turn New Jersey into a ‘Sanctuary State.’
Phil Murphy’s first budget includes taxpayer funding to assist illegal aliens facing deportation with legal representation.