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ICE Removal Operations During COVID-19

ICE Immigration enforcement efforts target foreign nationals with arrests or convictions for assault, domestic violence and other crimes involving victims.


Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, ICE reports that it has continued it’s operations by targeting criminal aliens and other public safety and national security threats every day. ICE data records reveal that rom July 13, 2020 to August 20, 2020 , ICE officers arrested more than 2,000 individuals in the U.S. or who are removable from the U.S. due to their criminal histories. 85 percent of the ICE arrests were on individual’s with immigration charges who also had a criminal history - criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.


In New York, specifically, In New York, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (“ERO”) officers arrested 83 individuals from 25 countries including countries in Central and South America, Nigeria and Russia. ICE ERO New York Field Office Director Thomas R. Decker stated that “Some criminal aliens may think that just because the nation is fighting the coronavirus, ICE is impaired from carrying out its sworn duty of removing egregious criminals from American communities,” said Decker. “I think the 83 immigration arrests in New York are evidence that that could not be farther from the truth. ICE officers will continue to conduct enforcement removal operations while making every effort to minimize the risk to agency personnel, aliens, and the public during this pandemic.” He also explained that explained that despite the inherent risk of conducting ICE operations during a pandemic, ERO New York carried out the mission while ensuring the safety of agency personnel and arrestees by wearing personnel protective equipment, which included face masks, eye protection, and gloves. You can learn about the ICE ERO operations in New York, the arrestees, and the criminal convictions and pending charges involved here.

In New Jersey, 77 were arrested during the same ICE operation from 7/13 to 8/20. More info on the ICE New Jersey operations can be found here.


The individuals who were targeted and arrested in the recent ICE operations will go through removal proceedings before an immigration judge, or arrangements will be made for removal from the U.S. for those individuals who are already under a final order of removal. Learn more about the nationwide ICE ERO operation here.

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