Officials reported Thursday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents detained eight sex offenders. The arrests took place in the city of New York and on Long Island.
All eight of the men detained were in the United States illegally. They all had prior convictions related to rape and/or sexual abuse in the Caribbean, Africa and Central America. ICE officials say they were caught on March 7.
ICE officials are making moves at this time to oust all eight illegal immigrants from the U.S.
About 240,255 illegal immigrants were expelled from this country by ICE in fiscal year 2016. Officials say that 92% of them had been convicted of prior crimes.
In one case, a 45-year-old Ecuadorian man with a sex abuse conviction in Nassau County was picked up in Roslyn, L.I. His victim was a 22-year-old woman.
A 38-year-old Dominican man was detained in Freeport, L.I. He had been convicted of trying to rape a 15-year-old girl in Nassau County.
A 48-year-old Mexican man convicted for possession of child porn was arrested in Brooklyn.
A 32-year-old Congolese man with a sex abuse conviction in Manhattan was detained as well. He victimized a 16-year-old girl, officials said.
A 39-year-old Honduran man with a conviction for attempt rape was busted in Hempstead, L.I., officials said.
A 25-year-old man from Ecuador who had been convicted of a criminal sexual act was picked up in Jackson Heights, Queens.
“These actions focus our resources on the most egregious offenders and promote public safety in the communities in which we live and work,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for ICE in New York.
In fiscal year 2016, ICE ousted 240,255 illegal immigrants nationwide, 92% of them with prior criminal convictions, officials said.