On June 11 and 12, ICE agents from the Rhode Island Fugitive Operations Team arrested 42 immigrants from Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico in the areas of Newport and Middletown, Rhode Island. Half of those arrested—21 people—were identified by ICE as immigration “fugitives” (people who had failed to comply with prior deportation orders). Another 12 were described as people who had reentered the US after being previously removed, while nine merely lacked authorization to be in the US.
According to an ICE news release, those who had reentered after being removed or had failed to comply with removal orders are “subject to immediate removal,” while those who had not previously been ordered removed have been charged with immigration violations and placed into removal proceedings. They will be detained at various state and county facilities where ICE has contracts for immigration detention. ICE was assisted in the operation by Rhode Island State Police, Middletown Police Department, US Marshals Service, Bristol County (Mass.) Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. (ICE news release, June 12)
From Immigration News Briefs, June 22
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